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Published on December 28, 2018
Essentia Health-Wahpeton has recently added 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. “Adding 3-D mammography in Wahpeton is a huge win for our community. It gives women here and in surrounding communities access to some of the very best technology available for breast health,” says Lori Jackson, radiologic technologist. “With the use of 3-D mammography, we have the confidence that we are examining the breast as best as possible. With 3D mammography, we can detect 41 percent more invasive cancers.
Patients 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-Wahpeton at 701.642.2000.