IU Health Saxony Hospital First in Central Indiana to Offer 3D Mammography

IU Health Saxony Hospital First in Central Indiana to Offer 3D Mammography

The Latest in Breast Cancer Screening for U.S. Women

Fishers, Ind.—Women who undergo routine mammograms at Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital now have the latest screening and diagnostic technology available to them. IU Health Saxony Hospital is the first hospital in Central Indiana and one of the first in the United States to offer 3D breast tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening.

Utilizing the Selenia® Dimensions® digital mammography system from Hologic, patients at IU Health Saxony Hospital benefit from the system’s exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and a ground-breaking 3D tomosynthesis platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance.

Breast tomosynthesis is a revolutionary technology that gives radiologists the ability to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

“Improved visualization gives the radiologist the ability to detect cancers which may not have been detected using standard 2D mammography technology,” said Dr. George Trilikis, radiologist at IU Health Saxony Hospital. “Another big improvement for the patient, and a clear advantage for tomosynthesis technology, is a decreased need for call backs and additional images.”

There are more than 8,000 breast cancer screening sites in the U.S. Nearly 5,000 have at least one digital mammography system, though less than 100 have installed this newest generation of digital mammography equipment.

By offering women the latest technology in mammography, IU Health Saxony Hospital hopes to improve its ability to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, which improves patient outcomes. 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 in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent.

IU Health Saxony Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering 3D breast tomosynthesis digital mammography, IU Health Saxony Hospital provides the latest in imaging quality.

If you would like to schedule a mammogram at IU health Saxony Hospital or having questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact IU Health Central Scheduling at 317.962.3580.

Interview Opportunity: To interview the radiologist, imaging services manager or a patient who has utilized IU Health Saxony Hospital’s 3D mammography technology, please contact Joy Davis.


About Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital

IU Health Saxony Hospital, a part of Indiana University Health, opened it doors to patients on December 1, 2011. A 42-bed specialty hospital with services focused on cardiovascular, orthopedics, spine care and emergency services, the hospital is the first of its kind for residents in Fishers and northeastern Hamilton County. IU Health Saxony Hospital provides local access to the nationally ranked programs of Indiana University Health, the only nationally ranked health system in Indiana according to U.S.News & World Report. In addition to the designated hospital space with all private patient rooms, the 200,000-square-foot facility also includes an outpatient surgery center, a Women’s Center for mammography, bone density and ultrasound, and a medical office building with a retail pharmacy, café, sleep disorders center, cardiac rehabilitation services and physician offices. To learn more about IU Health Saxony Hospital, visit iuhealth.org/Saxony.