The American Cancer Society defines 3D mammography as the following:
Breast tomosynthesis (also known as digital breast tomosynthesis [DBT] or 3D mammography): For this newer type of mammogram, the breast is compressed once, and a machine takes many low-dose x-rays as it moves in an arc over the breast. A computer then puts the images together into a series of thin slices. This allows doctors to see the breast tissues more clearly. Some studies have suggested it can lower the chance of being called back for follow-up testing. It may also be able to find more cancers, especially in women with more dense breasts. However, this test is not yet available at all imaging centers.
Why are we telling you this?
Starting January 6, 2020, Windom Area Health will partner with Sanford’s Edith Breast Center to offer mobile 3D Mammography on-site 2 times per month, on Mondays from 9:30 am-2:00 pm. We are proud to be partnering with Sanford’s Edith Breast Center, which is the only breast imaging facility in our region to have Breast Fellowship trained Radiologists.
When looking to schedule a mammogram, a physician’s order is not required but you must list a provider for the results to be sent to. Your mammogram will not be scheduled if you do not have a provider listed.
When getting a mammogram, it is also important to remember to not to wear deodorant, lotion or powder under your arms or on your chest. This could lead to false test results.
Windom Area Health strives to provide you with the latest technology close to home reducing the need to travel several miles to receive your healthcare exams. For more information on Mammography services at Windom Area Health, click HERE or call 507-831-2400.
Blog Written By: Valeri Wilkening, Imaging Director
American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer. www.cancer.org