TGH Imaging, a Florida-based healthcare provider in Florida, is responding to the increasing demand for advanced technology by expanding patient access to breast cancer screening across four counties. The company has announced the addition of Genius 3D Mammography exams, developed by Hologic, to 18 locations in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Palm Beach counties. This move comes as TGH Imaging aims to improve the detection of breast cancer with 3D mammography, or tomosynthesis.

During National Women’s Health Week, which runs from May 14-20, TGH Imaging is highlighting its commitment to women’s health by providing enhanced screening options. JoAnn Gierbolini, MD, a radiologist at TGH Imaging and collaborative assistant professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, emphasizes the superiority of 3D mammography. She says that this technology allows for the early detection of breast cancers and will significantly expand access to screening for women in the area. Studies have shown that compared to 2D mammography alone, 3D mammography can detect between 20% and 65% more invasive breast cancers.

The Hologic system employed by TGH Imaging utilizes breast tomosynthesis technology to generate a 3D image of the breast structure. This advanced imaging technique enables radiologists to overcome the challenges posed by overlapping tissue and achieve earlier cancer detection. Importantly, a 3D mammogram can be conducted alongside a synthesized 2D mammogram without requiring additional examination time or compression. These screenings are evaluated by dedicated women’s subspecialized radiologists at TGH Imaging, who utilize a computer-aided detection, or CAD, system for further analysis.

Sherri Lewman, senior vice president of enterprise imaging at Tampa General Hospital, says she’s excited about the expansion of 3D mammography services. She emphasizes that 3D mammography has become the standard of care in breast imaging, and TGH Imaging is committed to offering the best technology available for early cancer detection across all their locations.