Be Screened: Beebe Healthcare to offer 3D mammography

Beebe Healthcare will offer 3D mammography for patients beginning in October.

3D Mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, is the latest advance in digital mammography technology. 3D Mammography means earlier detection and fewer unnecessary biopsies for women.

The 3D mammography machine takes multiple images of breast tissue using a low-dose scan. The technology improves the radiologists' ability to see abnormalities in dense breast tissue, reducing the number of return visits. 3D mammography provides the greatest benefit to women with very dense breasts, who may be more likely to develop breast cancer, and those with a higher risk due to family history.  Women who fall into these categories will be selected to have 3D imaging.

“With the addition of the Hologic Selenia Dimensions breast tomosynthesis machine, Beebe is making a huge advance for our patients,” said Dan Mapes, MPA, RT(N), CRA, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Beebe Healthcare. “Our first machine will go into use in October and a second machine will be added in early 2015. Our diagnostic imaging team is excited to provide this new technology for our patients.”

This advance in comprehensive breast care is part of Beebe Healthcare's Breast Health Program, the only one in Delaware to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. It is fitting that Beebe Healthcare will start scheduling patients for this new breast care technology in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

“Beebe Healthcare will now be able to offer one of the most comprehensive breast cancer programs in the state,” said Judith Ramirez, Manager of Oncology Population Health. “We are the first in Sussex County to have this technology which will allow our patients to have increased confidence that even early-stage breast cancers will be detected.”

Starting in October, 3D mammography will be an additional screening option for women with significantly dense breasts and those with a higher risk of breast cancer. This option will be available to women at Beebe Healthcare’s Health Campus in Rehoboth Beach. Schedule your mammography today by calling (302) 645-3278.

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Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing walk-in care, lab, imaging, and physical rehab services.  For more information, please visit us online at


Caption:  Patients having a 3D mammography will have a similar experience to those having a traditional mammogram, except the 3D version takes multiple images or slices as the Hologic Selena Dimensions machine arm arcs over the body. Image Credit:  Hologic.