OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma medical center offers a new type of technology to better diagnose breast cancer.

The breast tomosynthesis is the latest screening and diagnostic technology available. This 3D digital mammography system is the latest generation of mammography equipment from Hologic.

Oklahoma Breast Care Center is the first in Oklahoma City to offer the technology.

"Since we opened our doors 27 years ago, we have been devoted to providing women with the absolute best care," said Dr. Larry Killebrew, Oklahoma Breast Care Center founder and medical director. "Offering breast tomosynthesis is yet another example of that promise."

Breast tomosynthesis is a revolutionary technology that gives radiologists the ability to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

During a breast tomosynthesis exam, multiple images of the breast are acquired at different angles and then used to produce a series of one-millimeter images that can be stacked and viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast. The radiation dose is well within FDA guidelines.

"Recent studies have proven that tomosynthesis has the ability to diagnose 20 percent more breast cancer at its earliest stage and yield a 40 percent decrease in call back rates," said Dr. Killebrew.

There are more than 8,000 breast cancer screening sites in the U.S. Nearly 5,000 have at least one digital mammography system, but less than 100 have this newest generation of 3D digital mammography equipment.

For more information or to schedule your 3D mammogram, call (405) 755-CARE (2273).