NEWPORT BEACH — The Hoag Hospital Breast Care Center unveiled new 3-D mammography technology Wednesday that will enable doctors to detect cancer in dense breast tissue.
The Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is the first of its kind in the state.
Hoag Hospital Irvine will also feature the new technology by the end of the year, said the center's director, Dr. Gary Levine.
"I expect this technology will eventually roll out to other centers in the state," Levine said. "This really is a step forward in breast-cancer detection and, like with any advancement in technology, you need a site to be the leader."
DBT works by taking 15 pictures of the breast in 1 millimeter intervals, revealing multiple layers of breast tissue, as opposed to traditional 2-D imaging, which only provides one view, according to a presentation led by Levine.
Levine likened the technology to a deck of cards that doctors can either view together or one at a time, such as from the middle of the deck, to view an image separately.