Valley View is the only facility in Glenwood Springs to offer
The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam.

Genius exams deliver a series of detailed breast images, allowing your doctor to better evaluate your breasts layer by layer,[1] and over 200 clinical studies support the benefits of this technology. Studies show that the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam has greater accuracy than 2D mammography for women across a variety of ages and breast densities.[2-7] And it’s the only mammogram FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts. [1,2*]

Greater accuracy means better breast cancer detection and a reduced chance of being called back for additional screenings. [1-7]

We do not require a doctor’s referral to make an appointment for a mammography.

Mammography FAQ’s

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about mammography and breast imaging:

  • What’s the difference between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?
    A screening exam is done on a woman without any breast complaints; a diagnostic exam is done when the woman or her caregiver report a new finding.
  • When should I start getting regular mammograms?
    Most organizations recommend yearly screening mammograms for all average risk woman beginning at age 40.
  • When should I stop getting mammograms?
    With women living longer, there is no specific recommended age to stop getting mammograms. If you are in reasonably good health, you should continue getting yearly mammograms.
  • If no one in my family has breast cancer, why do I need to get mammograms?
    Up to 85 percent of breast cancers are random and occur in women with no family history of or specific risk factor for breast cancer.
  • How often is breast cancer genetic?
    Less than 15 percent of breast cancers have known genetic links and only about five percent have a detectable gene mutation such as the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations.

References for Mammography:
*Compared to 2D mammography alone.
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.

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