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Lady of the Sea General Hospital introduces two new technological improvements in our Radiology program - 3-D Mammography and Dexa-Scan!

ProFound AI™, the first FDA-Cleared 3D mammography software using artificial intelligence


Breast cancer screening has improved significantly in recent years with the advent of 3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). While traditional 2D mammography typically yields four images per patient, 3D mammography produces hundreds of images per patient, providing doctors with more information and better images than ever before. DBT helps doctors find cancers earlier, when they may be more easily treated, with fewer false positives, which can be stressful for patients.

Our facility recently adopted new technology that further maximizes the benefits DBT offers to women. ProFound AI™ for DBT is the first FDA-cleared 3D tomosynthesis software using artificial intelligence (AI). The technology is FDA-cleared and clinically proven to enhance breast cancer detection, while significantly reducing the rate of false positives and unnecessary recalls for women.

How does ProFound AI work?

ProFound AI for DBT acts as another pair of eyes for radiologists reviewing 3D mammography images. Built with the latest in artificial intelligence, it rapidly and accurately analyzes each 3D mammogram image, detecting cancers with unrivaled accuracy. It provides crucial information to your doctor and alerts them if suspicious areas may warrant a closer look.

ProFound AI for DBT is FDA-cleared and clinically proven in a large reader study to improve cancer detection by 8% and reduce the rate of false positives and unnecessary recalls for women by 7%.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) or 3D mammography?
    3D mammography is a breast cancer screening test that captures hundreds of images of each breast per patient, offering improved image quality and more information than traditional 2D mammography, which typically only generates four images per patient. 3D mammography offers women a number of benefits compared to 2D mammography, including improved cancer detection, with fewer false positives and unnecessary recalls, which can be stressful for patients.
  • What is artificial intelligence?
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is an advanced form of computer science that allows computers to learn and work like humans. AI is used in healthcare to help doctors review large amounts of data more quickly and accurately.
  • What is ProFound AI?
    ProFound AI is the first FDA-cleared 3D tomosynthesis software using AI. It rapidly and accurately analyzes each 3D mammogram image, detecting cancers with unrivaled accuracy and alerting radiologists if suspicious areas may warrant a closer look.
  • Why is ProFound AI built on artificial intelligence?
    AI enables ProFound AI to rapidly and accurately analyze each 3D mammogram image, detecting cancers with unrivaled accuracy. Trained with one of the largest available 3D mammography datasets, ProFound AI rapidly compares your mammography images against those it has learned from and alerts radiologists if suspicious areas may warrant a closer look.
  • How does this technology benefit women?
    ProFound AI further maximizes the benefits 3D mammography offers to women. It acts as another pair of eyes for doctors and is clinically proven to improve cancer detection by 8%, while reducing false positives by 7%, compared to 3D mammography alone.


Like other organs in the body, bones are constantly changing. Throughout childhood and young adult-hood, bones grow in strength and in size. Around the age of 30, bones reach their peak strength and then naturally become weaker with age. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become abnormally weak to the point of breaking. This weakening may be caused by other factors that combine with age. Symptoms of osteoporosis do not occur until a lot of bone strength is lost. The most visible symptoms may include loss of height, along with curvature of the upper back. Osteoporosis also can result in a crippling and painful fracture, occurring most often in the hip, back, or wrist.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What are important risk factors for osteoporosis?
    Female, Asian or Caucasian, advanced age, a history of bone fracture, a small thin frame, a family history of osteoporosis, removal of the ovaries, early menopause, a low calcium diet, lack of exercise, eating disorders, certain medicines (such as steroids or anticonvulsants), alcohol and tobacco use, and vitamin D deficiency.
  • What can I expect during my bone densitometry test?
    The bone densitometer is like a large examination table. It is padded and comfortable. Your name, age, height, weight and ethnicity will be entered into the computer before your test. This information is used to compare your results to a normal reference group. You will be asked to lie on your back, remaining in your normal clothing in most cases. Belt buckles, metal or thick plastic buttons and metal jewelry will need to be removed from the region being examined. The operator will position your arms and legs for the test, which is painless and typically takes 10 minutes. You just need to lie still and breathe normally.
  • How does the densitometer work?
    A bone densitometer measures bone mineral density (BMD). The amount of bone mineral relates directly to bone density. The bone densitometer uses small amounts of X-ray to measure BMD and to produce images of the spine, hip, or even the whole body. The technical term for the method is “dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry,” or DEXA. The spine and hip are measured because that is where most osteoporotic fractures occur.
  • What information will the test give my doctor?
    A bone densitometry test is an aid to doctors in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. The test compares your bone to that of a “young adult” at peak bone strength (T-score). The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed categories that define the amount of bone loss:
    Normal ..... about -1
    Osteopenic (low bone mass) ..... -1 to -2.5
    Osteoporotic ..... below -2.5
    Your T-score combined with other risk factors, will enable your doctor to estimate what your risk of a hip fracture or other major osteoporosis-related fracture will be in the next 10 years. This information will help your doctor determine what course of action should be taken. The bone densitometry test is also useful in following bone changes. Your doctor may suggest follow-up tests to detect change over time.
  • Where can I get more information about bone measurements and osteoporosis?
    Even though X-rays are used, the amount absorbed by the patient is only about 1/10th of that received from a chest X-ray. The X-ray dose from the bone densitometry test is comparable to the naturally occurring radiation you are exposed to in one week. Caution: Even though the X-ray dose from the bone densitometry test is very low, please inform the operator if you are pregnant or might be pregnant before your test!
  • Is the test safe?
    International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is one of the leading sources of information about osteoporosis and bone measurements. International Osteoporosis Foundation -