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Radiology Associates offering new mammography exams 

‘Genius 3D Mammography’ exams are clinically proven to increase invasive cancer detection and reduce recall rates

radiology associatesRadiology Associates has begun to offer the latest in breast cancer screening advances, low-dose “Genius 3D Mammography exams, developed by Hologic, Inc. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing, according to Radiology Associates.

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A “Genius” exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce this tissue overlap effect.

The new exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. The new exam requires no additional compression and each scan is complete in a few seconds.

The platform for the exam is the Hologic Selenia Dimensions system, the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities.

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of the new exam. The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.


Radiology Associated In offering the newexam at two locations, Santa Maria and Templeton. For more information, or to schedule an exam, call (805) 286-4617 or schedule online at

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