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Memorial Hospital Goes 3D

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

Radiology Techs Rhonda Mott, RT (R)(M)(CT) and Heather Williamson, RT (R)(M)(CT)(MR) pictured with new Genius 3Dimensions machine.

Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the introduction of our new Hologic’s Selenia® Dimensions® mammography imaging system. Genius™ 3D Mammography™ is proven to find 41% more invasive cancers, earlier, while reducing the chance that you will need to be called back for additional tests by up to 40%. Genius™ 3D is the only breast exam FDA approved as superior for women with dense breast tissue. A 3D exam is very similar to having a conventional mammogram but it has been proven to be more accurate. Like a conventional mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast and the machine will take images from different angles. The difference is that the 3D exam captures multiple images or slices of the breast from several angles creating a multi-layered breast image. Your doctor is then able to review your breast, one thin layer at a time, which helps them make a more accurate diagnosis. Most insurance companies cover this new form of mammography at no additional charge to the patient.

It is part of Memorial’s mission to provide high quality healthcare to our community. With the introduction of this innovative technology, we are able to ensure that our patients have easy access to the best imaging on the market. 3D mammography is the biggest breakthrough in breast cancer detection in 30 years.

At the age of 40 women have the option to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms. If you have a family history of breast cancer, your doctor may recommend screening earlier in your life. The purpose of annual exams is to find breast cancer early, before any symptoms can develop and the cancer is typically easier to treat. According to the American Cancer Society, death rates from female breast cancer dropped 40% from 1989 to 2016. These decreases are believed to be the result of finding breast cancer earlier through screening and increased awareness, as well as better treatments. At this time there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment. Breast cancer is survivable but early detection is key. Schedule your annual mammogram and do your part to protect yourself. (Learn more about Memorial's Mammography Department here.)

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