Mary Rutan Hospital Crawfis Imaging Center now offers 3D mammography exams. A first for Logan County and the region, 3D mammography helps detect breast cancer in its earliest stages and is superior to conventional digital mammograms.
In a conventional mammogram, overlapping tissue can hide breast cancers and normal breast tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Low Dose 3D Mammography exams are an advanced type of digital mammogram that offer better cancer detection, fewer call backs, minimal compression time and greater peace of mind at a dose comparable to a conventional digital mammogram.
Large clinical studies have demonstrated the positive benefits of low dose 3D Mammography exams including:
- Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden in conventional mammogram
- Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities
- Fewer unnecessary biopsies or additional tests
- Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors
- Clearer images of dense breast tissue
- Maintained 3D Mammography™ exam performance, at a 2D-like dose
"Mary Rutan Hospital is committed to providing the latest technology to detect breast cancers in the earliest stages, when treatment is most effective. By offering 3D mammography, we can more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for patients," said Julie Klopfenstein, director of radiology for Mary Rutan Hospital.
One in every eight women will develop breast cancer. If caught early, the five-year survival rate is almost 100%. There are various guidelines suggesting when women should start screening and how often they should be screened but all medical groups agree that screening saves lives. The American College of Radiology recommends an annual screening mammogram beginning at age 40 and these are the guidelines nearly all insurance companies follow.
For more information, or to schedule a 3D mammography exam, please contact Mary Rutan Hospital Crawfis Imaging Center at 937-592-1883.