MDI Hospital celebrated the introduction of their 3-D Mammography machine with a ribbon cutting in the Breast Health Center on Wednesday, October 2nd

Christina Maguire the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer spoke telling the assembled that approximately 1200 Mainers are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

Phil Pizzola, the Director of Imaging at MDI Hospital said that "In an effort to provide women with the best diagnostic tools available, the Breast Center at Mount Desert Island Hospital is now offering patients the 3D mammogram, a more advanced mammography exam. While 2D mammography takes a single image of the breast, this newer technology takes multiple pictures from many angles, giving doctors a more complete picture. 3D mammography is the gold standard for early detection for women across a variety of ages and breast densities, and can be especially beneficial for women who have dense breast tissue. Because of its increased accuracy, 3D mammography also reduces the number of visits needed, which in turn reduces radiation overall. Patients won’t notice much of a difference between a conventional 2D mammogram and a 3D mammogram, the real difference is in the information available to the doctor. It’s essentially the difference between looking at the cover of a book and reading all of its pages. The exam takes about the same amount of time – a 3.7 second scan time—and the positioning is the same."

The difference between 2D and 3D can be seen in the picture below. The photo on the left is taken with 2D and the one on the right with 3D

Left - Breast with 2D, Right Breast with 3D Mammography Ribbon Cutting October 2, 2010 Photo Chris Popper

To learn more about 3D mammography, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Breast Health Center at (207) 288-8435.