October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Prairie du Chien, WI - “Digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, captures multiple images in seconds, providing approximately 120 images of each breast. The technology has been revolutionary in the detection of breast cancer,” explains Tim Clark, Medical Imaging Director at Crossing Rivers Health. “We are pleased to offer the 3D Tomosynthesis Mammography and Biopsy technology to the region,” said Clark. “The technology allows for a 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers, compared to 2D; a more comfortable experience due to less compression and the equipment’s ergonomic design; significant reduction in false- positive recall rates by up to 40%; a superior mammogram for all breast types; and very low x-ray energy during the exam.”
Mammography is the best tool in the early diagnosis of breast cancer, giving patients a much better chance of survival. Clark adds, “Early detection is the key. It’s rewarding to offer cutting-edge technology with the highest level of evaluation, assessment and care to individuals in the region.”
Mammography guideline recommendations include having a baseline mammogram by age 40 and an annual mammogram age 40 and above. For women 30 and older with a first degree relative with premenopausal breast cancer, begin screening 10 years earlier than the age at the relative’s diagnosis.
Women are encouraged to schedule a mammogram by calling Crossing Rivers Health Medical Imaging at 608-357-2244. Patients who need routine screening exams may schedule their own appointment at their convenience. Crossing Rivers Health accepts most major insurance plans and can send the results to any provider. Women are also encouraged to make an appointment to complete their yearly physical with a primary care provider. A complete list of primary care providers at Crossing Rivers Health Clinic in Fennimore and Prairie du Chien can be found at crossingrivers.org/clinic.
Photo (L to R): The Breast Health team at Crossing Rivers Health includes Deb Allen, sonographer; Mary Sadewasser, Radiologic Technologist; Allison Riter, Radiologic Technologist; Becky Willems, Radiologic Technologist; and Jean Blake, Medical Imaging Supervisor.