Health First Introduces 3D Mammography to Brevard County
Health First Diagnostic Centers 1st to Get Advanced Screening Technology
Rockledge, FL (January 20, 2015) – Health First Diagnostic Centers has taken breast cancer screening to a new dimension with the addition of Brevard County’s first 3D mammography screening.
3D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, screening technology has been shown to find significantly more invasive cancers than a traditional 2D mammogram, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, Time magazine selected 3D mammography as one of the "Top 11 health advances of 2014."
"This cutting-edge technology is an extraordinary tool in the detection and identification of breast cancer," said Aaron Robinson, Vice President, Outpatient & Wellness for Health First, “and we are excited to be the first to bring this technology to the residents of Brevard County."
The technology, provided by Hologic 3D Mammography, allows the doctor to examine breast tissue layer by layer. Instead of viewing all of the complexities of breast tissue in a flat image, as with traditional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.
It can detect 41 percent more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40 percent. In addition, it reduces overall call-back rates from screenings by 30 percent, meaning women at high risk or with dense breast tissue will see better results from their screening mammogram and be less likely to be called back for diagnostic mammogram with ultrasound. Fewer callbacks and false alarms helps reduce patient anxiety, as well as health care costs.
About Health First
Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated delivery network (IDN) and employs more than 7,800 associates. The integrator of its IDN is Health First Health Plans offering a wide variety of health insurance options across Central Florida. In addition it operates four hospitals (Health First's Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First's Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First's Palm Bay Hospital and Health First's Viera Hospital) and is home to Brevard County’s only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First also offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including Health First Aging Services, four Health First Pro-Health & Fitness Centers and Home and Hospice care. Visit www.health-first.org for more information.
About Hologic 3D Mammography:
Hologic 3D Mammography is the first and currently the only FDA approved 3D mammography system in the U.S. It has been shown in numerous clinical studies to significantly increase the detection of invasive breast cancers while simultaneously reducing recall rates across all patient populations and breast densities. This technology was approved for breast cancer screening and diagnosis in the U.S. in February, 2011 and has been available in countries recognizing the CE mark since 2008. Hologic's 3D mammography technology is in use in all 50 states and over 50 countries. An estimated 6 million women in the U.S. will be screened with the technology in 2014. Hologic has over 1,100 3D mammography systems installed in the U.S. A Hologic 3D Mammography site finder is available at www.3Dmammography.com.