More than two-thirds of women over 40 have had a mammogram within the past two years. And it’s no wonder, as mammograms can aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases, and are an important tool in monitoring and protecting our health. That’s why we are pleased to announce that Spooner Health and Essentia Health have collaborated to be able to provide 3D Mammography exams in Spooner.
A More Complete Picture of Health
“3D Mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, takes many-angle pictures or ‘slices,’ while completing a 180-degree arc over the breast,” explains Stephanie Gleason, Diagnostic Imaging Director. “This allows the radiologist to review each individual slice to look for any abnormalities in the breast tissue. 3D Mammography technology is better at finding breast cancer and better at early detection.”
3D Mammography exams are especially useful for women who have very dense breast tissue. “Dense breast tissue can obscure masses in traditional mammography, because it is hard to see through,” says Stephanie. “By taking many ‘slices’ of the breast, you are able to see the breast tissue better.”
Despite being more advanced, individuals undergoing a 3D mammogram will notice that it feels similar to a traditional screen. “The only difference you may notice is that the top of the mammography unit will move; otherwise it is the same experience,” notes Stephanie. Radiation doses in a 3D Mammogram exam are very low, well below acceptable limits defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. No evidence has been shown that the level of radiation in these tests has any significant effect on breast tissue. Also, because of the great technology of 3D Mammography, the need for additional views is greatly reduced.
Cutting-Edge Healthcare, Right Here in Spooner
Bringing this advanced technology to our community was important to us at Spooner Health. “It shouldn’t matter if you live in a rural area or in a big city, everyone should have access to the best quality care in your own backyard,” says Stephanie. For more information on 3D Mammography, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 715-939-1594.
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