The first of two new 3D mammography units that will arrive in the Finger Lakes — thanks in large part to a contribution from the Brenda and Dave Rickey Foundation — has been installed at Geneva General Hospital.
The hospital began accepting patients for mammogram screenings using the new unit on Thursday.
Also known as breast tomosynthesis, 3D mammography is a diagnostic tool that uses low-energy X-rays to screen for masses or microcalcifications in women with denser breast tissue.
Data suggests that around one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. As a preventative measure, early detection is regarded as the best way to combat breast cancer.
“The first unit [was] scheduled to be placed in Geneva, as there are more mammography studies performed here due to community demographics,” said Lara Turbide, executive director of the Finger Lakes Health Foundation.