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North Oaks First in Louisiana to Use ProFoundAI™ Artificial Intelligence to Detect Breast Cancer

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the newest addition to North Oaks Health System’s arsenal of high-performance, clinically proven breast cancer detection tools.

When the health system launches 3D mammography digital breast exams this month at North Oaks Diagnostic Center in Hammond, it will become the first facility in Louisiana to do so with ProFound AI™, the most advanced, FDA-approved cancer detection software available. Unlike traditional 3D mammography platforms, ProFound AI™ combines advanced 3D imaging technology with deep learning, artificial intelligence to find hidden cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage. Patients benefit from:

  • Accurate results
  • Faster diagnosis
  • Fewer unnecessary callbacks.

To schedule a 3D screening or diagnostic mammogram, call North Oaks Patient Scheduling at (985) 230-7777 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A physician’s order is required.

Older, 2D mammography systems take pictures only from the front and side of the breast. Sometimes overlapping breast tissue leads to issues with image clarity and accuracy.

With 3D mammography, digital images of the breast are taken in “slices” from many different angles to deliver a more detailed view. AI helps radiologists more efficiently scrutinize the massive amounts of data and pictures collected from the scans to find possible malignancies and calcifications. Ultimately, potentially lifesaving results are provided to patients more quickly with increased rates of detection and fewer false-positives.

According to iCAD, Inc., the developer of ProFound AI™, the system can reduce the reading time of mammography results by up to 50 percent.

Both screening and diagnostic 3D mammograms are performed at North Oaks by an all-female staff. Flexible paddles are used to distribute compression more evenly across the breast for comfort.

North Oaks Diagnostic Center is located at 15837 Paul Vega, M.D., Drive on the North Oaks Medical Center campus in Hammond.