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South Shore Hospital Now Offers 3D Tomosynthesis Breast Screening Technology
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 Mammogram technology improves detection and reduces false positives

South Weymouth, MA, (May 27, 2015) — South Shore Hospital is among the first in the region to offer three-dimensional (3D) breast tomosynthesis screening technology.  Also known as 3D mammography, this technology has been clinically proven to improve cancer detection and reduce false positives, significantly reducing the need to call women back for additional imaging.

“We are excited to bring digital breast tomosynthesis to our community. This technology will allow us to better evaluate women with dense breast tissue, diagnose breast cancers earlier, and should reduce the number of patients called back for additional imaging after a screening mammogram,” says Russell Kelley, MD, Chairman of Radiology.

Breast tomosynthesis screens the entire breast, increasing the ability to detect and rule out abnormalities that may have looked suspicious with 2D mammography—reducing the need to call women back for second exams or biopsies. It allows radiologists to examine breast tissue layer by layer, enhancing the visibility of fine details and complexities in breast tissue that can often be hidden in a flat image.

“Like peeling the layers of an onion, we are able to look at one layer at a time instead of seeing the whole breast reduced to a single image, as in the case of standard mammography,” says Ellen Morris, MD, Radiologist.

Appointments are required. Please call (781) 624-4714 to learn more about 3D mammography and/or to schedule an appointment.  Parking is free in the garage adjacent 101 Columbian St., Weymouth.

South Shore Hospital is a 378-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. South Shore Hospital is a part of South Shore Health and Educational Corporation, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable health system comprising South Shore Hospital, Health Provider Services Organization, South Shore Physician Hospital Organization, South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation and South Shore Physician Ambulatory Enterprise. 

South Shore Hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 4,000 people, supported by a team of 700 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. South Shore Hospital has been ranked among the top ten hospitals in Massachusetts, according to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals report and named a Top Place to Work by The Boston Globe. Please call (781) 624-6673 or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.

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