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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Now, screening for Breast Cancer has reached new dimensions.

A technological advance is now being offered to all women in the Chattahoochee Valley with 3D imaging that highly improves detection of breast cancer.

"It's a very useful tool. I'm excited to have it here," exclaims Dr. William Todd Lewis, M.D.

The Columbus Diagnostic Center on 10th Ave. has had the 3D mammography machine for about two weeks.
     
Research finds that 3D imaging is the wave of the future. The new technology can detect even the smallest amount of Breast Cancer earlier and more efficiently than traditional mammograms by as much as 29 percent.  

"The reason it's better than 2D is because it increases my special ability to distinguish between small areas of normal dense breast tissue, and true space occupying cancers," says Lewis.

The 3D mammogram takes multiple, rapid pictures of the breast from all sides.

"What that does it builds a 3D representation of the breast and the breast tissue," adds Lewis.

The 3D image helps decrease the number of patients called back for more test and biopsies, according to Lewis. He says it also helps with stress management. 

"Relieving the patient's anxiety, and relieving my anxiety as well. I can feel more confident in making a diagnosis," Dr. Lewis says.

The 3D mammogram is not covered by insurance companies yet. Lewis says the extra costs to patients is worth it. 

"It costs $45 per study, so when you do a costs benefit analysis, it's probably worthwhile for most patients to pay that extra money if they can," Lewis says. 

The 3D imaging machine does give off more radiation than a traditional mammogram, but fewer retest are needed. 

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