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UHS uses 3D technology for screening and diagnostic mammograms as well as biopsy guidance.

New 3D guidance system aids breast biopsies

The UHS Breast Center at UHS now uses the Affirm breast biopsy guidance system to reduce procedure times and X-ray exposure while increasing precision and patient comfort. The system incorporates digital breast tomosynthesis, more commonly known as 3D mammography. Doctors can pinpoint the exact location of an anomaly within a 3D image of the breast, and the system will move to exactly that place to take a sample of the tissue. Patients recline in a comfortable chair during the biopsy.

Affirm Breast Biopsy Guidance

The Affirm breast biopsy guidance system helps doctors pinpoint the exact location of a breast anomaly.

The UHS Breast Center also uses 3D mammography for screening and diagnostic mammograms. Unlike a regular 2D mammogram, which shows one flat image of the compressed breast, 3D mammography takes images of the breast from several different angles to create a three-dimensional image.

Doctors can visualize breast anomalies more clearly using the 3D image, which helps them determine if the anomaly is a malignancy or just normal, dense tissue. This reduces the need to call patients back for additional diagnostic mammograms, reducing stress and anxiety. A 3D mammogram takes only seconds longer than the conventional method.


For a screening mammogram at the UHS Breast Center at UHS Vestal, call 762-2494. Early morning, evening and Saturday appointments are available. 2D digital mammograms are also available at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital.