Health care professionals call it “the latest breakthrough in mammography.” Radiology Supervisor Amy Streichert says it’s a “colossal step forward.” And her patients at OSF St. Francis Hospital are very excited about the technology.
“Breast tomosynthesis, also called 3-D mammography, is a new type of mammogram that produces a three-dimensional image of the breast,” said Streichert. “The imaging machine moves around the breast in an arc. This results in multiple x-rays that the computer reformats into a 3-D image. By comparison, conventional 2-D mammography produces a single, flattened image of the breast, making cancer detection more challenging for physicians. 3-D imaging detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40%.”
“With 3D we are able to offer better detection, fewer call backs and greater peace of mind. For a smaller facility to have such advanced technology is a blessing. We are making a tremendous impact on the health of women in our community,” added Streichert.
OSF St. Francis is the only hospital in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin to offer 3D mammography, according to Kacie Hanchek, manager of community relations and development at OSF. “We are very fortunate to be a part of OSF Healthcare System and to be able to have this state-of-the-art technology that many medical centers don’t yet have.”
On October 16th, staff at OSF will recognize National Mammography Day by wearing pink or breast cancer awareness apparel and jeans for a donation to benefit the Oncology suite renovation and expansion project in the Medical Office Building.
The standard of care for mammography set by the American Cancer Society remains having an initial screening at age 40 and annually thereafter. Women are advised to talk to their OB/GYN or primary care provider for guidance on breast health and the best options for their unique care. More information on 3D mammography at OSF can be found by calling 786-5707 x 5345 or by visiting www.osfstfrancis.org.
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT KACIE HANCHEK AT 786-5707 EXT. 5516