You no longer need to drive to Santa Fe for a top-of-the-line digital 3D mammography exam. 

Holy Cross Hospital now has the most advanced Mammography technology in Northern New Mexico.

Our local hospital is excited to bring Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams to Taos. Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, and also decrease the number of women asked to return for additional testing.1-7 

Jeff Schenck, Director of Imaging at Holy Cross Medical Center says “This is the latest released Genius 3D Breast Tomosynthesis Mammography machine from Hologic and is the most advanced in Northern New Mexico. It boasts new technology for detecting 20-65% more breast cancers, is the only FDA approved system as superior for women with dense breasts and is voted the #1 system in the annual BEST IN KLAS survey for six years in a row. This is among the best technology available, and it’s close to home.” 

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. The Genius exam available at Holy Cross Hospital includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect. 

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL 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 Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

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

The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.2,4

Holy Cross Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer and is proud to be the first in the region to offer this state-of-the-art technology. In offering the Genius exam, Holy Cross Hospital provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening.1-7  

Early detection saves lives and The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend that women start getting annual mammograms at age 40.

You can now stay right here in Taos for your next state-of-the-art digital mammogram. 

Talk to your doctor about getting a referral to Holy Cross Hospital for a Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam.

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