St. Rita's brings 3D Mammography to our region

(Lima, April 21, 2015) It seems that everyone you ask has a story about how Breast Cancer has touched thema mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend.herself. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. And about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. And while research continues to uncover promising treatments for the disease, clinicians all agree that early detection is critical to improving success stories for patients.

Our team at the St. Rita’s Women’s Wellness Center has taken yet another step in the fight against breast cancer. On April 21, our first 3D Mammography unit will be available to our patients. The St. Rita’s Foundation is simultaneously raising money to purchase two additional units with hopes to have those in place by 2016.

"There are certain individual characteristics that will make 3D mammography the better choice for patients," says Nicole Nelson, Medical Director for St. Rita's Radiology Department. "Those with dense breasts or who have scar tissue, for example, will be encouraged to consider this new option."

This new mammography exam will feel very similar to the traditional 2D, however, the images will allow doctors to examine breast tissue layer by layer. So, instead of viewing a flat image, fine details are no longer hidden by tissue above or below.

In addition to detecting 41% more invasive breast cancers, 3D mammography also has shown to reduce false positives by up to 40%--reducing the stress and sleepless nights for women who are called back for further testing.

Editor’s note: We have identified a patient who is willing to allow media to be on-site for her exam and then follow the radiologist as she looks at the image, compared to 2D technology. If you are interested in this, or a separate interview, please contact me in advance. Her appointment is Wednesday, April 22 at 1:30pm.