Summit Medical Group brings 3D mammography to diagnostic centers


Summit Medical Group will offer three-dimensional (3D) mammography at its Deane Hill Diagnostic Imaging Center starting in June with availability at the other Knoxville-area Summit Diagnostic Centers to follow soon thereafter. Aimed at enhancing patient care, 3D mammography provides a higher rate of detection for breast cancer than two-dimensional screenings.

3D mammography takes multiple images of breast tissue to create a multi-layered, three-dimensional image, compared to a single image created by traditional mammography. This 3D image provides a clearer picture, allowing doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time to help make a more accurate diagnosis. Thus, 3D mammograms help reduce false positives and the need for further testing, particularly for women with dense breast tissue.

“We strive to provide the latest technology and equipment to ensure our patients receive the highest level of care when they visit us for a screening or imaging procedure, and that now includes 3D mammography,” said Debbie Everts, mammography supervisor at Summit Diagnostic Centers. “The goal, as always, is early and accurate detection – and your peace of mind. If you’re due for a yearly mammogram, please consider 3D technology for your next screening.”

A 3D mammogram emits the same amount of radiation as a traditional mammogram, takes only a few seconds more to perform and causes no additional discomfort. The difference is the benefit of enhanced images for a physician to review.

Any individual can receive a 3D mammogram. Women age 40 and older should receive a yearly mammogram, as well as those with risk factors and family history as recommended by a primary care physician.

Summit operates three diagnostic centers in Knoxville, including locations at Deane Hill, Cedar Bluff and Fountain City.

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