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3D Approach to Improved Breast Cancer Screening

Center Using New Technology to Peer Into Dense Breast Tissue

Oak Lawn, Ill. – Many women who have a mammogram are asked to return for additional tests because of a density that appeared in their images. The request for more testing can prove a terrifying experience as the patient’s thoughts focus on the possibility that she has breast cancer. The Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care now has taken steps to reduce this anxiety by offering 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis), an advanced tool for breast cancer screening.

3D mammography utilizes multiple angled images as the machine sweeps in an arc over a woman’s breast. The radiologist views these images sequentially. If a mass is present, it will stand out and not be camouflaged by dense breast tissue as sometimes occur with traditional 2D mammography.

“We believe breast tomosynthesis will benefit screening and diagnostic breast imaging patients and can be especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening and for those who have dense breast tissue,” said Elizabeth Holland MD, radiologist at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Additional benefits of 3D mammography include:

▪      Improving the ability to detect breast cancers.

▪      Helping evaluate size, shape, and location of abnormalities.

▪      Increasing the ability to accurately visualize abnormalities in dense breast tissue, which is often found in younger women.

▪      Helping distinguish harmless findings from real tumors, leading to fewer callbacks for more testing and, therefore, less anxiety for women.

By offering women the latest technology in mammography, the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care team expects to increase the number of women who are screened.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer.  The stage at which that breast cancer is detected will influence a woman’s chance of survival. 

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About Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, which is one of the nation’s leading health care networks.  A not-for-profit, 694-bed, premier teaching institution with more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, Christ Medical Center is a leader in health care and one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest in a number of specialties, including cardiovascular services, heart and kidney transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics and women’s health. The hospital also has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois providing emergency care for more than 90,000 patient visits annually and is a leader in breakthrough technologies, including eICU® (electronic intensive care unit) monitoring, robotic da Vinci Surgery System® and CyberKnife® Radiosurgery.  In both 2012 and 2013, the medical center was named to the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals®, while U.S. News & World Report ranked the medical center among the nation’s leading providers for cardiology and heart surgery and for geriatric medicine and ranked it fourth overall among hospitals in the state of Illinois. The hospital is also recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Center. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession. To obtain more information or to visit our newsroom, log on to:


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