Sometimes it takes a Genius™ to detect invasive breast cancer.

The latest in breast cancer screening advances, Genius™ 3D digital breast mammography is now available at the Elaine M. Junca Women’s Imaging Centre. Three-dimensional digital breast mammography, also called tomosynthesis, is revolutionary technology that allows for 15 consecutive images to be taken from different angles across the breast to produce a 3D-slice image. 

Dr. Philip Meyer, board-certified breast radiologist with the Women’s Imaging Centre, said 3D mammography has become the “gold standard” for superior breast imaging. “We can detect and diagnose more invasive breast cancers with this technology over routine mammography,” Dr. Meyer said.  

Patients may benefit from 3D mammography if they have any density of breast tissue, have had previous mammograms that were ambiguous or inconclusive, have been called back for repeat breast scans, have undergone biopsies for suspicious masses or lesions or have a family history of breast cancer.

Three-dimensional mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers for some women, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

A Genius low-dose 3D mammography exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A low-dose Genius exam requires no additional compression and each scan is complete in just a few seconds.

Patients may learn more about 3D mammography at or by calling (337) 993-8300.