Functioning as a literal industry flagship, the Hologic 3D mammography system revolutionizes the world of breast cancer screening through its ever-increasing efficiency and undeniable medical impact.
It does so by being the first, and so far the only, breast tomosynthesis system that is clinically superior to 2D mammography screening devices in matters of performance, patient comfort, and top-quality visuals.
To date, 5 million women in the United States alone have benefitted from the Hologic mammography screening technology, and with its availability only increasing both inside and outside of US borders, many more are sure to follow.
The revolutionary Hologic Dimensions 3D system, which has set the new standard in mammography screening, provides:
Streamlining workflow, the Hologic Dimensions 3D system performs the imaging of tomorrow, today. All configurations offer the following features.
High-resolution display for the Hologic Dimensions 3D:
Optimized face shield for Hologic Dimensions 3D:
FAST Paddle system for Hologic Dimensions 3D:
Streamlined tube head:
Multiple procedure modes for Hologic Dimensions 3D:
Setting a golden standard for the industry, the Hologic Selenia Dimensions offers increased visibility through a new and improved display system, highly ergonomic equipment which is adaptable to every patient’s physique, as well as an extended range of screening procedures – with the regular and low-dose Genius 3D Mammography exams at the forefront.
The Hologic System’s Genius 3D Mammography exam is the only breast tomosynthesis technology available on the market with data-backed improvements on the previous 2D system. Equally, the Low-Dose Genius 3D Mammography exam offers a streamlined variant, with no X-ray exposure, and a fast, high-quality screening experience!
All of these incredible features and more make the Hologic Dimensions apparatus a marvel of tomosynthesis. Find out more about each feature below:
High-Resolution Display for the Hologic 3D Mammography Visual Feed
Through a 2MP or 3MP DICOM-calibrated display, patients are offered crystal clear images with remarkably sharp details.
Additionally, the Hologic 3D system allows for thorough analysis and comparison of previous imaging studies through its image recall function.
Optimized Face Shield Technology
The Hologic system provides a retractable face shield, providing significant aid with the patient’s positioning during their 3D mammography screening.
Remaining fully stationary during the 3D imaging process, the face shield provides the same comforting experience that a patient would get from a 2D imaging, but with the added benefit of the revolutionary system’s increased efficiency!
Ergonomic Paddle System
Through its adaptive paddle system, the Hologic 3D imaging system conforms to the natural contours of the breast with ergonomic ease. This provides the patient with greater comfort during the screening process, through even compression applied to the breast area.
Streamlined Tube Head
The Hologic 3D apparatus comes with the added benefit of a streamlined tube head, allowing for greater flexibility in terms of patient positioning. More than that, the system’s SID, or Source-to-Image Distance, pans out to a remarkable 70 cm, providing ample space for interventional procedures.
Multiple Available Screening Processes
Through multitude of screening processes that exceed the previous limitations of 2D mammography, Hologic Selenia Dimensions brings quality, adaptability, and high-tech advancement to patients all around the globe. Its systems are capable of:
The Genius 3D Mammography Screening
With exceptionally detailed image quality and a smooth, seamless transition between the available imaging options, the Genius 3D screening system is the definition of easy-to-operate with advanced technology.
Compared to traditional 2D mammography, Hologic 3D mammography is capable of the following:
Detecting up to 43% more cases of invasive breast cancers ahead of their further development.
Reducing the need for screening callbacks by a considerable 40% in patients who have opted for Hologic 3D.
Being FDA-approved as the superior option for women with dense breasts, who require an ergonomic and medically advanced screening apparatus.
Low-Dose Genius 3D Mammography
Through its patented design, the Hologic Selenia system also offers a low-dose alternative to the 3D mammography exam, that is clinically superior to a traditional 2D mammography.
This is performed through a rapid 3.7-second scan time, prioritizing patient comfort over a long-winded scanning process. More than that, its low-dose nature eliminates the X-ray exposure that patients would get from a regular 2D screening.
Once the exam is over, the synthetically created 2D images and 3D slices are brought together and reviewed for the final clinical diagnosis.
2D/3D Biopsy Through The Affirm Breast Biopsy Guidance System
Every Hologic Dimensions system is equipped for advanced clinical applications, including any interventional procedures that may be required as part of the 3D screening exam.
As such, Hologic Selenia is the only screening system in the world to offer a tomosynthesis-guided biopsy, using the Affirm breast biopsy guidance system.
The available procedure options include both 2D and 3D stereotactic biopsy.
Contrast-Enhanced 2D Imaging Through the C-View Software
By employing the C-View Software, which transforms the breast tomosynthesis data, Hologic Selenia offers evolved breast cancer screening software, producing 2D images with enhanced contrast.
What is Tomosynthesis?
Tomosynthesis, a subdivision of mammography procedures, is an imaging technique using X-ray machinery to screen for the early signs of breast cancer in people who show no symptoms.
It can also be used as a way to offer a clear diagnosis for people who are suffering from breast cancer symptoms.
What is the Difference Between a Digital Mammogram and a 3D Mammogram?
While both types of mammograms collect images of the patient’s breasts, they do so in different ways:
Through a 2D mammogram (the traditional method of digital mammography) each breast is screened and photographed two times, from above and from the side, using X-ray technology.
In contrast, during a 3D mammogram (known as digital breast tomosynthesis), each breast is photographed multiple times from different angles. Once the exam is over, the system synthetically combines the images in order to form a 3D
model of the breast, allowing doctors to better identify potential issues – such as breast cancer.
Hologic Selenia Dimensions further develops the 3D mammography system through its Genius Screening procedure, creating a patient experience that is both high-comfort and high efficiency.
Is a 3D Mammogram Better Than 2D?
Yes. When compared to the regular 2D option, 3D mammograms are superior because they:
Vastly improve the doctor’s capacity to accurately diagnose breast cancer regardless of its benign stage of development.
Immediately identify any small tumors that, under regular circumstances, would remain hidden on a 2D mammogram screening.
Provide a clearer view of developing abnormalities in women who have dense breasts. Seeing as they have a lot of glandular tissue but are lacking in bodily fat, they are at a slightly increased risk of developing breast cancer.
Considerably reduce the number of callbacks required for further testing because of potential false alarms.
How Long Does It Take to Read a 3D Mammogram?
Generally, you should get your mammography screening results within two weeks following your initial appointment. If your 3D mammography screening is a follow-up test to another procedure, the doctor may find the results conclusive, and give you their conclusions immediately after your appointment.
Is it Normal to be Called Back After a 3D Mammogram?
While it does not happen as it would with a 2D mammography, indeed, you might still get a call back for additional screening following your initial appointment. But you don’t need to worry about it! Usually, this simply means that your radiologist needs extra information on a specific breast area, and extra visual material is needed to complete the 3D image. Rest assured that it is a very common occurrence to get called back for something minor, which rarely ends up being a cancer diagnosis.
How Painful is A Mammography Procedure?
Pain and discomfort during a 2D or 3D mammogram procedure can greatly vary based on every patient’s body. Some women may experience discomfort due to the added compression applied to the breast during the screening.
The pain or discomfort you might feel during the procedure is based on a few things:
Your breast size
The timing of the exam
considering your menstrual cycle
Your technician’s experience with the screening technology
The flexibility of the screening machine’s breast paddles
Fortunately, the Hologic Selenia Dimensions system ensures a pain-free experience to all of its patients through the ergonomic paddle system – adapting to every breast size for a comfortable screening.
At What Age Should a Woman Get a Mammogram?
As per the American Cancer Society’s guidelines, women should get regularly consulted for potential breast cancer diagnoses starting at age 40.
However, all women should be familiarized with the existing benefits, technical limitations, and/or potential health risks that are involved in the process of breast screening, and should report any medical issues to their healthcare provider if they notice any irregularities in the way that their breasts feel or behave.
Is a 3D Mammogram Better for Dense Breasts?
As cancer cells and dense breast tissue both appear white on a standard mammogram, breasts with high density will increase the risk of cancer remaining undetected.
Given their increased precision, 3D digital mammograms are better at detecting benign breast cancer. A 3D Screening system such as Hologic Selenia is not obscured by the dense breast tissue, as the visual reconstruction employed by the system circumvents the visual limitations of 2D mammography screening.
This applies to women of all ages and all four levels of breast density.