DOVER -- Union Hospital now offers one the most advanced mammography tools available for early detection of breast cancer. The hospital recently added a 3D Digital Breast Mammography screening unit to its Radiology Department and will use it as the standard technology for all patients who receive an annual screening mammogram.
Statistics show that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, making it the second most common cancer in American women, according to the American Cancer Society.
It also has been well documented that early detection remains the key to the successful treatment of breast cancer.
"This technology provides greater detail and visibility than previous units, reducing callbacks for additional imaging" said Dr. Michael W. Soehnlen, medical director of the Radiology Department at Union Hospital. "It is an excellent tool to have available for mammograms."
In recent studies, the 3D Digital Mammography exams not only were able to find cancers that remained undetected by traditional mammograms, but also were able to significantly reduce the number of false exam results - cutting back the number of callbacks for unnecessary additional screenings. Overall, the 3D Digital Mammography has shown a 41-percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers compared to traditional technology, and a reduction in reported false results of up to 40 percent.
The image produced from 3D Digital Mammography provides a radiologist with greater visibility of breast tissue than ever before, allowing for a more confident assessment of the results. Instead of viewing all of the complexities of breast tissue in a flat image as with traditional mammography, fine details are more visible in the 3D Digital Mammography and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.
A 3D Digital Mammography exam is conducted in a manner very similar to a traditional mammogram, with a technologist positioning the patient and taking images from different angles. There's no additional compression of the breast required with the new technology, and most patients report no changes in comfort levels associated with the 3D Digital Mammography.
The mammography exams will continue to be conducted at the hospital's Imaging Center located just across from the Main Entrance to the hospital and near the Boulevard.
For additional details and to view videos about 3D Mammography, visit the "Mammography Center" link on the Union Hospital website at: http://www.unionhospital.org/departments-and-services/radiology-and-diagnostic-imaging/mammography-center/.
The 3D Mammography unit is another significant upgrade in the hospital's commitment to offer high quality healthcare services in the Tuscarawas Valley. To assist patients, Union Hospital also provides the services of Rebecca Huff, the UH Breast Care Coordinator. Huff is available to answer questions, meet with patients to explain issues such as care and treatment plans, insurance questions and support the patient from screening to diagnostic testing and to treatment.
"Many times our patients will be provided with a wide range of information and many of their questions will come after they leave the hospital," Huff said. "This is where I can assist them in a number of ways and provide information to help relieve some of their concerns."
Huff said that patients who have questions about having a mammogram should consult with their physicians first.
More information about Union Hospital and all of its services provided to the community are available on the hospital's website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital's page on Facebook.