New 3D Mammography at Delta Hospital

People in the Delta area now have access to advanced breast imaging closer to home, with the arrival of a new 3D breast tomosynthesis system.

The 3D system takes multiple images of breast tissue resulting in sharp, high-resolution images that allow doctors to better see small masses.

“3D mammography takes X-Rays in an arc, so we are able to reconstruct a 3D picture of the breast and more easily detect small cancers,” says Dr. Kelly MacLean, department head, Medical Imaging, Delta Hospital. “With 3D mammography, we also have fewer false-positive test results.” 

3D mammography detects more invasive cancers than 2D or conventional mammography, especially for patients with dense breast tissue.

This new advance in breast imaging is possible thanks to generous donors to the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.

“We are excited to partner with the foundation to bring this advanced technology to Delta,” says Cathy Wiebe, executive director, Delta and White Rock/South Surrey Health Services and Delta and Peace Arch hospitals. “This new 3D mammography system is an important advancement in breast care for our community and will provide patients with the latest technology to support diagnosis.”

The new 3D breast tomosynthesis system will work in tandem with the existing 2D system located in the Peter C. and Elizabeth Toigo Diagnostic Services Building.

“Our Foundation is so proud to play a role in transforming healthcare in Delta, through funding state-of the-art equipment,” says Lisa Hoglund, executive director, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation. “With the incredible, continued support from our donors, we can ensure that our community has access to advanced technology in medical imaging close to home.”

According to the BC Cancer Agency, about one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Regular screening mammograms can find breast cancer early, allowing for more treatment options and a better chance of recovery.