Beginning today, St. John's Medical Center is pleased to provide 3-D
mammograms for the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. “The
state-of-the-art 3D technology gives radiologists and physicians the best
images available, which in turn gives patients peace of mind,” said
St. John’s communications officer Karen Connelly.
“With 3-D mammography, we will be able to find invasive cancers earlier,
when they are smaller and easier to treat,” said St. John’s
radiologist Sean Haling, MD. “In addition, there are fewer false
negatives. A negative 3-D result is much more reassuring, especially for
women with denser breast tissue.”
The new mammography equipment, the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions®
system, creates a 3-dimensional image of the breast, enabling radiologists
to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers. The
3-D technology, also called tomosynthesis, provides for earlier detection
of breast cancers (up to a 40% increase in detecting invasive breast cancer,
compared to 2-D mammography), clearer views of lesions, and a reduction
in the number of additional views required. The new system replaces the
Hologic 2-D mammography equipment St. John's had used for several years.
The new system works like this: an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over
the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images
into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast
tissue one layer at a time. 3-D mammography is recommended for women of
all ages and breast densities. St. John’s continues to use the MammoPad
cushioning system to create a softer mammogram experience.
Integrated into this 3-D imaging technology is the upright Affirm stereotactic
breast biopsy system, which easily targets lesions, including those visible
only in tomosynthesis images; offers shorter and more comfortable patient
procedures; and reduces the patient radiation dose, because fewer exposures
The St. John’s Medical Center Auxiliary, the Teton Pines Women’s
Golf Association, and individual donors to the St. John’s Hospital
Foundation helped make the purchase of the new imaging system possible.
Even with the upgraded mammography service, St. John’s has not increased
the fees it charges for a mammogram. Free mammograms will continue to
be available to women unable to afford one, through the Women’s
Health Care Fund of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation and other
programs. Contact the St. John’s Hospital Foundation at 739-7512
for more information.
St. John's recommends that you talk to your physician about recommended
breast health screenings. To schedule a mammogram, call 307 739 7531.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
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