MEDICAL CENTER DÜSSELDORF
As one of the leading radiological practices in Düsseldorf, we see it as our duty to our patients to be on the cutting edge at all times. In addition to the professional qualification of our physicians and specialised medical personnel, this also includes the technical equipment in our practice.
With the digital mammography machine Selenia 3Dimensions Hologic, we have the fastest breast tomosynthesis system with the highest resolution currently available. This means that we can now offer our patients tomosynthesis.
The benefits of tomosynthesis include:
Unlike standard digital 2D mammography, tomosynthesis produces a series of layered images. These allow us to create a three-dimensional view of the breast. We can then hide overlapping tissue structures and provide a better assessment of the glandular breast tissue. In particular, the three-dimensional view produced by tomosynthesis has a clear advantage when examining an irregular or radiopaque mammary gland.
Large American and Scandinavian studies have shown a 20-65% increase in the rate of breast cancer detection compared to conventional mammography. At the same time, up to 40% fewer recalls were needed.
The procedure for a tomosynthesis mammogram exam is similar to that of conventional digital mammography.
During the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps over the breast at a 15 degree angle and, while doing so, takes 15 images in less than 4 seconds with a low radiation dose. These images are compiled to produce one 3D image. This spatial representation allows us to view and evaluate breast tissue in one-millimetre layers.
The Selenia 3Dimensions provides a high level of comfort for our patients. The curved paddles of the Smart Curve System follow the shape of the female breast and ensure uniform compression of the entire breast. The curvature reduces pinching and pain to a minimum. This makes the exam more pleasant for 93% of patients.
Tomosynthesis exams with the Selenia 3Dimensions use the lowest possible radiation dose. Depending on the composition of the breast, the total dose is comparable with digital mammography. The radiation exposure of every exam is significantly less than current applicable limits.
The state-of-the-art Hologic mammography machine produces digital, high-resolution 3D images in a short time. With help from these images, we can identify and diagnose anomalies in a timely and reliable manner, regardless of age and breast density.