Santa Barbara, California – Advanced Imaging has become a very important tool in the early detection of cancer. At
Sansum Clinic, we have recently invested in the newest 3D Mammography technology available as an option for our
patients. The new Selenia Dimensions from Hologic®, can help provide:
Earlier detection: While digital mammography has been the most advanced screening technology available, it is
2-dimensional and has limitations. This new 3-D equipment can detect small cancers that may not be seen with
traditional 2-D images.
Greater accuracy: 3-D mammography results in better survival rates because of early detection.
Decreased recall rates: Improved accuracy reduces the need for patients to return for additional imaging tests.
There is also a reduction in the occurrence of false positive biopsy readings.
Unlike 2D digital mammography, which takes a full view of the breast tissue as a flat image, 3D Mammography is a 3
dimensional image of the breast tissue with several images that are taken at varying angles along an arc across the
breast. With 3D mammography, the premise is that what is hidden behind fibroglandular tissue on one image might be
visible in another image if the angle is slightly different. Upgrading to the new 3D technology helps detect cancers much
earlier and those cancers can be caught when they are much smaller, making them easier to treat.
A recent article, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography” from the
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA— June 25, 2014) highlights the distinct benefit of the technology
after a total of 454,850 examinations (281,187 conventional mammograms compared to 173,663 3D mammograms)
were conducted. A few of the significant findings are:
A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers
A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers
A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging
All patients who need a screening mammogram are good candidates for 3D screening mammography. Multiple studies
have shown that all women, regardless of breast type or density, may benefit from 3D mammography.
To learn more about this exciting new technology, please contact your primary care doctor or visit www.hologic.com
About Sansum Clinic
Since its founding in 1921, Sansum Clinic has been improving the overall health of our patients by providing the latest
innovations in equipment, technology, procedures and treatments. Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit
healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 180 affiliated
physicians, Sansum Clinic provides the full spectrum of healthcare services, from primary care to more than 30
specialties. Sansum Clinic serves more than 120,000 patients (700,000 visits) annually at our 23 patient care facilities in
south Santa Barbara County. In 2012, Sansum Clinic and the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara formally joined forces to
elevate the level of Cancer Care in Santa Barbara. Under the Sansum Clinic umbrella, oncology care is now delivered at
540, 317 and 300 West Pueblo Street by the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic. To learn more, please