Ohio State Fans Tailgate To Raise Money For 3D Mammography Machine


UPDATED: Thursday September 27, 2012 5:47 PM

A new three-dimensional mammograms, called tomosynthesis, helps find cancers hidden within the breast sooner than traditional mammograms.

Some Buckeye fans plan to tailgate to raise money for a second 3D machine at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center.

Ohio State radiologist Dr. Mitvah Patel said that the new technology allows doctors to examine breast tissue one slice at a time, one millimeter thick.

“Normally, we just get to see two views of each breast,” Patel said. “And now, we get to see multiple images, and we get to see within the breast. So, it’s really changed the way we’re working here.”

Patel said that the scans can find cancer that hides within the breast tissue.

Patient Deneice Brownfield has had 14 mammograms in her life and recently got her 15th with the new tomosynthesis 3D scan.

“I’ve heard about it, and I think it’s very interesting,” Brownfield said.

For now, the staff at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center uses tomosynthesis on high-risk patients or those with dense breast tissue.

Patel said that one day the new technology could replace the standard digital mammogram.

The machine costs about $200,000.

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