New 3-D Imaging Device at Beaumont Increases Cancer Detection


Royal Oak-based Beaumont Health System is now offering a new, 3-D imaging technology that provides a sharper and clearer image of the breast when compared to a mammogram, providing enhanced detection of cancer. 

“In Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, the X-ray tube rotates in an arc around the breast, and takes a series of pictures at different angles creating a three-dimensional image,” says Dr. Murray Rebner, of Beaumont Hospital. In comparison, mammograms take one picture across the entire breast, from top to bottom and side-to-side. 

Rebner says research shows the Digital new device increases cancer detection rates by 20 to 40 percent. As a result, the recall rate for screening patients is reduced by 25 to 30 percent. 

Rebner says while the imaging technology is acceptable for all patients, it’s most beneficial for individuals who are at a high risk for breast cancer, women with dense breast tissue, and women who are undergoing their first breast screening. 

Called the Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, the device is now offered at Beaumont’s breast care centers in Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, and Troy. It will be available at the Beaumont Medical Center in West Bloomfield Township in May.

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