Title
Scotland Health Care is First in the Region to Offer Better and Earlier Breast Cancer Detection with 3D Mammography
Date
06/20/2017
Article
Scotland Health Care System is committed to the fight against breast cancer, that’s why we are pleased to announce the addition of 3D Mammography, a new state-of-the-art breast imaging technology that provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening.

Scotland Health Care System is the first in the region to introduce this new technology to improve breast cancer detection, reduce false-positive findings and reduce the need for patient call backs.

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A 3D mammogram includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.
The exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam. Just a few benefits of the 3D mammogram technology are:
• A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers
• A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers
• A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging

Any woman who needs breast screening should consider 3-D mammography. Women with dense breast tissue or risk factors, like a family history of breast cancer in particular, may benefit because it provides a clearer picture.

While insurance coverage for mammograms may vary, the ACR (American College of Radiology) recommends a baseline screening between the ages of 35-39 and yearly screening beginning at age 40.

“We are very excited to bring this advanced cutting edge technology that allows for earlier detection of breast cancer with fewer false positive findings, further improving the care available to the communities that we serve,” states Chris Hogan, Imaging Director at Scotland Health Care System. “In addition to providing state-of-the-art technology, we have highly skilled registered mammography technologists. Our wish is for all women to be familiar with the recommended guidelines for breast cancer screenings and to schedule their mammograms accordingly.”

Scotland Health Care System will begin offering 3D mammograms starting mid-July. 3D mammograms will be performed in the Outpatient Imaging Center located on the campus of Scotland Memorial Hospital.

For more information about the 3D mammography technology at Scotland Health Care System or to make an appointment, please call Scotland Health Care System’s scheduling department at 910-291-7243.