Geary Community Hospital

Geary Community Hospital, now Offering State-of-the-Art Genius™ 3D Mammography™ Exams from Hologic

28 Dec 2021 Radiology

Junction City, KS- is excited to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius 3D Mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers and decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

In conventional 2D Mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed, and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius 3D Mammography exam includes multiple image slices as a method that greatly reduces tissue overlap effect.

A Genius 3D Mammography exam includes both 2D images and 3D-tomosynthesis scans. During the 3D-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 slices, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one slice at a time. A Genius 3D Mammography exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.
Our Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam, available on the 3Dimensions™ and Selenia® Dimensions® systems from Hologic, are revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected by providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D alone.

Researchers have found that:

  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%.3
  • Only the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.1-2
  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.2,4

Geary Community Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius 3D Mammography exam, Geary Community Hospital provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening. “We are excited to be able to offer this technology to our community. The 3D Breast Tomosynthesis will allow for early detection at a much lower callback rate, which will reduce patient anxiety, as we continue to provide superior care to our patients and community.”- Kyle Ibarra-Director of Radiology.

If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact Geary Community Hospital, 785-210-3426.

About Genius™ 3D Mammography™ Exams
The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. These structures can overlap and obscure small breast cancer lesions when viewed on traditional flat two-dimensional image. Overlapping tissue obscuring these lesions is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed, and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Using breast tomosynthesis technology, the Hologic system creates multiple image slices of the breast structure similar to a CT Scan, which enables radiologists to more clearly see-through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.
The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D Mammography™ exams are now available in all 50 states and over 50 countries. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system.

The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ (a.k.a. Genius™ exam) is acquired on the Hologic® 3D Mammography™ system and consists of a 2D and 3D™ image set, where the 2D image can be either an acquired 2D image or a 2D image generated from the 3D™ image set. The Genius™ exam is only available on the Hologic 3D Mammography™ system. References: 1) FDA submissions P080003, P080003/S001, P080003/S004, P080003/S005 2) Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, et al. Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography. JAMA. 2014 Jun 25;311(24):2499-507. 3) Results from Friedewald, SM, et al. “Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography.” JAMA 311.24 (2014): 2499 2507; a multi-site (13), non-randomized, historical control study of 454,000 screening mammograms investigating the initial impact the introduction of the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions ® on screening outcomes. Individual results may vary. The study found an average 41% (95% CI: 20-65%) increase and that 1.2 (95% CI: 0.8-1.6) additional invasive breast cancers per 1000 screening exams were found in women receiving combined 2D FFDM and 3D™ mammograms acquired with the Hologic 3D Mammography™ System versus women receiving 2D FFDM mammograms only. 4) Bernardi D, Macaskill P, Pellegrini M, et. al. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis (3D mammography) with acquired or synthetic 2D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone (STORM-2): a population-based prospective study. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Aug;17(8):1105-13. 5) Bernardi D, Macaskill P, Pellegrini M, et. al. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis(3D mammography) with acquired or synthetic 2D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone (STORM-2): a population-based prospective study. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Aug;17(8):1105-13. 6) McDonald ES, Oustimov A, Weinstein SP, et al. Effectiveness of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Compared With Digital Mammography: Outcomes Analysis From 3 Years of Breast Cancer Screening. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Jun 1;2(6):737-43. 7) Rafferty EA, Durand MA, Conant EF, et al Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis and Digital Mammography in Dense and Nondense Breasts. JAMA. 2016 Apr 26;315(16):1784-6. MISC-05233 Rev 001 (5/18)

Geary Community Hospital’s Radiology Department Achieves MRI Accreditation  

Rago Radiology at GCH has been awarded accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.

“ACR Accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging said Dr Landes, Chief . Every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, Geary Community Hospital’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. “This is the type of goal my department strives to meet – to show that we want to provide our patients the safest and best quality possible,” said Pat Small, Director of Radiology. “Daniel Vallenavedo, who was instrumental in the MRI accreditation process, began the application in . Since then we’ve implemented additional protocols and standards required by the American College of Radiology. We are currently working on achieving accreditation in our Ultrasound and CT (Computerized Tomography) departments as well. Our mammography department is also ACR accredited.”

“This achievement is another example of our commitment to deliver high quality care to our patients,” said Joe Stratton, GCH . “It’s especially important to note this accreditation achievement is a voluntary effort on behalf of the GCH Radiology Department. We are proud they have gone above and beyond to ensure our patients are receiving the nationally-accepted standards of care.”

Image: (l-r) Pat Small, Director of Radiology, Dr. Pat Landes, Chief , Daniel Vallenavedo,  and Eric Loeb.

GCH Radiology Receives Mammography Chair

The Geary Community Hospital Rago Radiology Department received a mammography chair from Rhonda Sharp, owner of The Mane Thing and Headlines. Throughout the month of October The Mane Thing and Headlines run a breast cancer awareness campaign called “Color for a Cure.”  For every hair color service at both salons, a portion of the proceeds is donated toward the “Color for a Cure” campaign. Those proceeds are used to purchase equipment through the Geary Community  Foundation related to breast health and wellness, such as the mammography chair.

“After visiting with Pat Small and patients among the community, it became aware to me that this chair is a valid need in our GCH Radiology Department,” said Jolana Montgomery-Matney, Executive Director of the Geary Community  Foundation. “This was a great opportunity to designate “Color for a Cure” campaign funds toward the chair and meet the needs of our GCH patients and families. It’s also a prime example of the several services the Geary Community  Foundation provides. We keep up to date on the community health and connect the dots between our patient’s needs and generous donors among the community.”

“This chair is very special to have, it is helpful for our patients and improves their experience here at GCH,” said Joe Stratton, GCH chief executive officer. “Some of our patients cannot stand for very long and can make the mammogram difficult to conduct. The adjustable mammography chair allows patients to sit comfortably and have their exam completed effectively.”

Image:  (l-r) Pat Small, Director of GCH Radiology, Rhonda Sharp, Owner of The Mane Thing and Headlines and Jolana Montgomery-Matney, Executive Director of the Geary Community Foundation.