• 20 MAY 19
    3D Mammography

    3D Mammography


    Artesia General Hospital is proud to offer mammograms using the most accurate technology in a sensitive environment.

    3D Mammography at Artesia General HospitalThe Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam provides better, earlier breast cancer detection than traditional 2D mammography alone, which means fewer false positives, additional screenings and biopsies.

    The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected by providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D alone.1-2 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

    Women over age 40 do not need a physician’s referral for their yearly screening mammogram. Mammograms are available at Artesia General Hospital from Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5 pm.

    You can schedule a mammogram by requesting an appointment online or calling 1.855.RAD.EXAM (1.855.723.3926).


    In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, which leads to unnecessary callbacks for additional screening.

    A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect. During 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.

    The process of a 3D mammogram is the same as a conventional 2D exam. Our technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles.

    Screening mammogram appointments usually take 15 minutes from start to finish, and the scan itself is typically only 3.7 seconds. Learn more about 3D mammography by downloading our “What to Expect” brochure (también disponible en español), or watching the below video.


    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. Zuckerman SP, Conant EF, Keller BM, et al. Implementation of Synthesized Two-dimensional Mammography in a Population-based Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Screening Program. Radiology. 2016 Dec;281(3):730–736.
    4. Skaane P, Bandos A, Eben EB, et al. Two-view digital breast tomosynthesis screening with synthetically reconstructed projection images: comparison with digital breast tomosynthesis with full-field digital mammographic images. Radiology. 2014 Jun;271(3):655–63.
    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.
    8. Ho JM, Jafferjee N, Covarrubias GM, Ghesani M, Handler B. Dense breasts: a review of reporting legislation and available supplemental screening options. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 203(2):449-56, 2014.
    9. Sprague BL, Gangnon RE, Burt V, et al. Prevalence of mammographically dense breasts in the United States. J Natl Cancer Inst. 106(10), 2014.

    The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam (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.

    Location & Contact Info

    702 N. 13th St.
    Artesia, NM 88210

    Hours: 7:30 am – 5 pm

    Radiology Accreditations

    ACR Mammography Accredited