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3-D Mammograms Double Breast Cancer Detection Rate

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BETHESDA, Maryland (Ivanhoe Newswire) - One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. Experts agree the key to successfully fighting the disease is early detection. New technology is available that can provide doctors a more detailed image.

Tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammograms, doubles the cancer detection rate and decreases callbacks for additional testing, according to Dr. Ronald Prati, Jr. Hes a radiologist at Florida Hospital in Tampa, and said the machine images multiple layers of the breast.

Its the difference between trying to look through a loaf of bread verses pulling out individual slices and looking at them.

Shelby Coriaty said she wishes this technology had been available years ago. It could have changed her life.

I went for my very first mammogram and actually got a clean bill of health. So I went on my way thinking, all right, Ive done all those things Im supposed to do and about 3 months after that I actually had an itch in my armpit and I felt a golf ball, she said.

Coriaty had breast cancer.

Eighteen surgeries later, she encourages other women, like Amy Janes, to get annual screenings. Janes was one of the first to try tomosynthesis.

It really wasnt any different other than you notice the machine move slightly unlike the 2-D mammogram is stationary, said Janes.

Doctors said the 3-D images can be beneficial for young women who have dense breast tissue, which is sometimes more difficult to screen.

However, insurance companies wont cover tomosynthesis until January 2015.

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