Mercy Hospital is excited to announce that state-of-the-art 3-D mammography is now available to patients. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, 3-D exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.
Recommended for women of all ages and breast densities, the 3-D exam allows radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for patients. The Hologic system used by Mercy is the first breast tomosynthesis system approved by the FDA.
“We are very pleased to offer this latest advance in breast cancer screening to our patients,” said Mike Delfs, Mercy CEO. “This is another example of our commitment to bring superior care close to home.”
A 3-D exam is very similar to having a conventional 2-D mammogram. During the 3-D exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A 3-D exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2-D breast cancer screening exam.
Researchers have found that 3-D mammography:
- Detects 41% more invasive breast cancers.
- Detects cancer 15 months earlier.
- Reduces false-positive recalls by up to 40%.
Medicare and a growing number of private insurers cover 3-D mammograms. Patients should check with their insurance provider regarding coverage.
To schedule a 3-D mammography exam, or for more information, please call 218-485-5578. Mercy also offers evening mammography appointments, making it convenient for women to schedule this important screening. Please call for available dates.