Published on November 15, 2018

Essentia Health Brings 3-D Mammography to Graceville

Essentia Health-Holy Trinity Hospital Graceville announces the recent addition of the most advanced technology available in early breast cancer detection, 3-D mammography. This advanced imaging takes many pictures from several angles and then produces a highly detailed 3-D image that a radiologist can examine layer by layer. The additional images make it possible for a radiologist to gain a better understanding of breast tissue.

3-D mammography compliments standard 2-D mammography and is performed at the same time and with the same system. For women who have added risk factors, such as strong family history, personal history of breast cancer or very dense breasts, 3-D mammography is especially beneficial. The 3-D mammogram reduces the rate of false positives, which can put extra psychological, physical and economic stress on women. It is important to check with your insurance provider to determine if they cover 3-D mammography.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this new technology here in Graceville,” says Abby Williams, Diagnostic Imaging Supervisor at Holy Trinity. “3-D mammography results in fewer call-backs because the radiologist has a much better image to review.” “With the greater sensitivity of 3-D mammography, we’ll see fewer women having to come back for additional imaging.”

3-D mammography is available at Holy Trinity Hospital thanks to the generosity of Big Stone County Cancer Group and a gift from the Delhart and Elvira Anderson estate.

Prior to this addition, mammography services were offered via a mobile unit twice a month. Now, mammography services are available five days a week inside the hospital.

Patients who want to schedule their mammogram or are interested in learning more about 3-D mammography and if it is right for them should consult their primary care physician or call Essentia Health-Holy Trinity Hospital Radiology at 320.748.8219.