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‘Next generation’ mammogram machine aiding in fight against breast cancer

Riverside’s diagnostic centers in Newport News and Hampton are advancing the fight against breast cancer with innovative technology designed to overcome barriers to detection and compliance.

“We’ve brought next generation breast cancer screening to the Virginia Peninsula,” Riverside radiologist Benjamin Pettus, M.D., Ph.D., said of the new MAMMOMAT Revelation, Siemens Healthineers 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) machines located at the Riverside Diagnostic and Breast Imaging Center-Oyster Point and Riverside Diagnostic Center-Hampton.

“It’s simply not the same mammogram,” Pettus said. “I call it ‘next generation’ because it’s almost like a whole new way of doing it. It’s still called a mammogram. It’s still called 3D. But it’s ‘next generation’ because I’m confident I am finding more smaller and earlier cancers with it—even subtle changes in dense breast tissue.”

Traditionally, high breast density can slightly increase the risk of developing cancer and can make cancer d...

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