Regular mammograms are a vital diagnostic tool for breast cancer detection, with the conventional digital mammography being the most common screening method. The standard digital mammography involves a two dimensional breast x-ray which produces four images.

A more recent method of screening is the FDA approved digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). DBT, also known as 3-D mammography, takes multiple images of each breast from different angles. These images, 200 in total, can be viewed separately or together, as a 3-D reconstruction of the breast tissue.

Dr. Paul Friedman, Medical Director of the Rippel Breast Center at Morristown Medical Center was recently featured in an article which highlights the Center’s transition to all 3-D imaging. Studies report that tomosynthesis has resulted in detection of 40% more cancers, with many detected far earlier than would have been possible with conventional 2-D mammography.

As a member of the staff at Morristown Medical Center, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS, is proud of the advances at the Rippel Breast Center which will result in earlier detection, and therefore earlier treatment of breast cancer.

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