Rockwood is excited to offer the latest in breast cancer
screening advances, Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed
by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women's Health.
[i] Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius
exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection
of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of
women asked to return for additional testing.
In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading
reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may
appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam
includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly
reduce the tissue overlap effect.
A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans.
During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray
arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images.
A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers,
allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a
time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes
just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer
The Hologic system is the only clinically superior breast
tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system is
recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system
allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size,
shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection
and greater peace of mind for our patients.
Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated
the positive benefits of a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam. The largest
study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was
published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of
the American Medical Association (JAMA).
[ii] Findings include:
Rockwood is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In
offering the Genius exam, the Rockwood Breast Health Center
provides the latest and most effective imaging tool for breast
If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, or
have questions about this important breast health procedure, please
contact the Rockwood Breast Health Center at (509)
755-5801. For your convenience, we offer early morning and
The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different
structures located at different heights within the breast. These
structures can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a flat
two-dimensional image. This confusion of overlapping of tissue is a
leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal
tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Using
breast tomosynthesis technology, the Hologic system creates a
3-dimensional image of the breast structure, which enables
radiologists to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to
detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.
The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast
tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D Mammography™
exams are now available in all 50 states and over 50 countries. To
date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this
advanced screening system.
Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams are available only on the Hologic
Selenia® Dimensions® system.
*Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, Durand MA, Plecha DM,
Greenberg JS, Hayes MK, Copit DS, Carlson KL, Cink TM, Barke LD,
Greer LN, Miller DP, Conant EF, Breast Cancer Screening Using
Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography, JAMA June
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