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Better for Breast Cancer

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WSVN -- Lori Hamlin thinks about her grandmother a lot.

Lori Hamlin, Family History of Breast Cancer: "My maternal grandmother passed away from breast cancer."

With her family history came concern.

Lori Hamlin: "My mom just made it very clear that she wanted us to be checked annually, and I do it every year."

This past year, Lori's doctor asked her to try something new, called tomosynthesis.

Lori Hamlin: "It was not FDA-approved yet, but would I want to do it, and I said, 'Absolutely, absolutely.' And I'm glad I did."

Dr. Mary Hayes headed up the clinical trial at Memorial Regional Hospital.

She says tomosynthesis is like a mammogram, but it provides a much more in-depth picture of the breast.

Dr. Mary Hayes, Dir. of Women's Imaging for Memorial Regional Hospital: "Rather than one image of the breast, a flat picture like you would look at the cover of a book, we look at the breast layer by layer."

Tomosynthesis shows a 3D image of the breast, where a mammogram is only 2D.

In the study, the new technology picked up 15 percent more tiny lesions and decreased the amount of false alarms by one third.

Dr. Mary Hayes: "So we're reading the breast like pages in a book, page by page."

This patient had both a mammogram, seen on the left, and tomosynthesis on the right.

You can see the mammogram picked up calcifications, but the 3D imaging found something more.

Dr. Mary Hayes: "We were able to identify the second, larger more subtle area of cancer."

The patient had surgery to remove both.

Dr. Mary Hayes: "She has four children, and it made a huge difference in her life."

Now FDA-approved, it's available to all women as an additional tool to mammography, regardless of risk.

Dr. Mary Hayes: "If it's available to patients, they should be encouraged to participate. To me, it's a no-brainer."

Lori says, it gives her a little more peace of mind.

Lori Hamlin: "I will also encourage every one of my girlfriends, and my sister, and my cousins, and my mom and everyone I know. I would definitely encourage them to check it out."

Lynn Martinez: "Dr. Hayes says, tomosynthesis is also good for women with breast implants."

To schedule tomosynthesis, contact:

Memorial Regional Hospital

(954) 265-TOMO

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