3D Mammography is Now Available in Greene County

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Greene County Medical Center’s imaging department began offering 3D mammograms in mid-June with their new Senographe Pristina equipment.  The 3D mammogram is now the standard method for mammogram testing.  It offers more comfort for the patient; improves the technician’s ability to get a clear, crisp image; and provides the most state-of-the-art results.

Imaging Director Jennifer Miller said, “We are excited to be able to offer our patients the best available experience when it comes to their mammogram.  The Senographe Pristina 3D machine is designed to ease anxiety and create a calmer, more relaxing environment that enables faster, more comfortable and effective exams.”

A 3D image of the breast increases the detection of breast cancers and decreases the possibility of return visits for additional imaging. The 3D mammography unit makes a “sweep” action over the entire breast to acquire a series of images at multiple angles.  New research shows that 3D mammograms can increase cancer detection by 41%, particularly in women with dense breasts.  With increased accuracy comes early detection and an increased likelihood of successful treatments.  

At a cost of nearly $312,000, the investment for the medical center was substantial.  The purchase was made possible by the investment of many through proceeds from medical center Foundation 2017 campaigns. Campaigning for donations to further defray the cost is still underway in 2018.

Miller noted that, “We appreciate that some women have been going out of the county for their mammograms to have the more comfortable 3D mammogram experience.  We believe women will now want to enjoy the comfort of staying closer to home for their mammograms.”

Statistics show that one out of eight women will develop breast cancer.  Mammograms are recommended for every woman who is 40 years of age or older regardless of family history, as 80% of those with positive breast biopsies have no family history of breast cancer.