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How Early Can Modern Screening Techniques Detect Breast Cancer in the Great Lakes Region?

Published March 13th, 2024 by Great Lakes Medical Imaging

Early detection of breast cancer significantly improves treatment outcomes and survival rates. In the Great Lakes region, particularly in Buffalo, NY, advancements in breast cancer screening techniques are offering hope and reassurance to many. 

At Great Lakes Medical Imaging (GLMI), we are at the forefront of employing these modern screening methods to detect breast cancer at its earliest stages. Let’s delve into how these advanced technologies are enhancing early detection and what this means for residents of Western New York.

The Evolution of Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer screening has evolved dramatically over the years, moving from traditional mammography to more sophisticated imaging techniques. These advancements have significantly improved our ability to detect breast cancer early, even before symptoms appear.

3D Mammography (Digital Breast Tomosynthesis)

3D mammography is a revolutionary screening tool that creates a three-dimensional image of the breast by taking multiple X-ray pictures from different angles. This technology allows radiologists at GLMI to examine breast tissue layer by layer, making fine details more visible and less likely to be obscured by overlapping tissue.


  • Early Detection: 3D mammography can detect small tumors that may not be visible on traditional 2D mammography, particularly in women with dense breast tissue.
  • Reduced Callbacks: This technology decreases the need for follow-up imaging, reducing anxiety and inconvenience for patients.

Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)

For women with dense breasts, mammograms alone may not be sufficient. ABUS provides a clear view of dense breast tissue, where mammograms might not be as effective. This screening method uses sound waves to create detailed images of the breast, offering an additional layer of detection alongside mammography.


  • Comprehensive Screening: ABUS complements mammography by providing a more complete view of dense breast tissue, enhancing early detection capabilities.
  • Non-Invasive: This technique does not involve radiation, making it a safe option for additional screening.

Breast MRI

Breast MRI is a highly sensitive imaging technique used for screening women at high risk for breast cancer. It provides detailed images of the breast and is used alongside mammograms for comprehensive screening in high-risk individuals.


  • High Sensitivity: Breast MRI can detect cancers that other screening methods might miss, especially in high-risk patients or those with very dense breast tissue.
  • Detailed Imaging: MRI offers a detailed view of the breast, aiding in the early detection of small and otherwise undetectable tumors.

The Impact of Early Detection in the Great Lakes Region

The adoption of these advanced screening techniques at facilities like GLMI is making a profound impact on the early detection of breast cancer in the Great Lakes region. Early detection not only increases the chances of successful treatment but also opens the door to more treatment options, some of which may be less invasive and have fewer side effects.

GLMI's Commitment to Early Detection

At Great Lakes Medical Imaging, our commitment to early detection is reflected in our investment in advanced imaging technologies and our team of specialized radiologists. We understand the importance of early detection and are dedicated to providing the women of Buffalo and Western New York with access to the best screening tools available.

Western New York Breast Cancer Screening

Modern screening techniques are revolutionizing the early detection of breast cancer in the Great Lakes region. By offering 3D mammography, ABUS, and breast MRI, GLMI is at the forefront of this vital aspect of women's health care. Early detection saves lives, and we are proud to be leading the way in providing these advanced screening options to our community.

For more information about breast cancer screening or to schedule an appointment, please visit us or contact us here today. Let us be your partner in proactive breast health care.

Disclaimer: This blog article is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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