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Digital 3D Mammography & Vacuum Stereotactic Biopsy

Digital 3D Mammography and Vacuum Stereotactic Biopsy – the result of Assunta’s ongoing commitment in supporting women’s health.

Should I get a Tomosynthesis instead of just a Mammogram?
The overwhelming answer is … YES! The information details provided by 3D mammography is unquestionably better than 2D.

Fewer False Alarms
Rather than a flat, single breast image that 2D mammography produces, 3D mammography images are viewed in thin layers, almost like turning pages in a book; thus eliminating the false alarm caused by the normal tissue shadowing of another in 2D images.

Early Cancer Detection
It is better at finding breast cancer simply because 3D Tomosynthesis is a three-dimensional image set captured in one-millimetre layers; allowing details which otherwise would have been hidden. This means better and earlier detection and potentially more lives saved from breast cancer.

Beyond Screening
While the benefits of Tomosynthesis in screening mammography are two-fold – fewer false alarms and early cancer detection; the benefits go beyond the screening exam. 3D Tomosynthesis can serve to both pinpoint and characterize abnormalities, thus improving the accuracy- of biopsy recommendations. In-house digital mammography system incorporates a range of mammography solution specifically designed to maintain a harmonious examination environment and foster an atmosphere of trust between radiographers and their patients:

  • Fit sweet paddle
  • Mood lighting to ease patient anxiety
  • Decorative labels provide an adaptable room environment.

What Every Woman Should KnowAbout Mammograms
Mammograms can mean early detection and higher successful treatment rate.

  • Breast screening is important even if you don’t have risk factors.
  • Mammograms are safe – uses low doses of radiation; therefore benefits outweigh any possible risks from radiation exposure.
  • Contrary to some people believe, mammogram is essential if you have breast implants. In-house mammography system provides an effective way to screen for breast cancer in women with breast implants.

Vacuum Stereotactic Biopsy
A Vacuum Stereotactic Biopsy is a mammogram-guided procedure to identify and biopsy an abnormality within the breast tissue. These abnormalities can range from benign lesions, such as fibroadenomas, to malignancies of the breast.

In-house Stereotactic Biopsy benefits patients from the dual vacuum-assisted technology in redefining the procedural efficiency. Allows for a single needle insertion in yielding multiple tissue cores without fragmentation. In other words, Radiology in Assunta Hospital is revolutionizing the breast tissue management – from comfort positioning to accuracy of diagnosis.

Facts on Vacuum Stereotactic Biopsy
Biopsy is performed with local anaesthesia and requires only a small skin nick.

  • The procedure requires one insertion of a small needle through a small incision.
  • Using the dual-vacuum technology, the system draws tissue into a hollow chamber of the needle, allowing several samples to be acquired in a single placement.
  • Performed in an outpatient setting.
  • Individual may go home with a small adhesive bandage to cover the incision site: requiring no stitches.
Article by:
Ms Elina Lo Mei Ling

Radiology Manager, Assunta Hospital