Published on June 15, 2015

3D Mammography Now Offered at Pella Regional Health Center

PELLA, Iowa – Pella Regional Health Center is now offering low dose 3D mammography for breast cancer screening. Breast tomosynthesis uses a lower dose of radiation than previously needed to produce a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue allowing radiologists to more easily identify abnormalities.

3D mammography is more accurate in earlier breast cancer detection because it captures multiple images of the breast from several angles. Pella Regional’s radiologists, Dr. Lee Henry and Dr. Alison Smith, are then able to review the breast images one thin slice at a time.

All screening patients benefit from 3D mammography, including those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer. There is no additional compression required and the exam takes the same time as a standard mammogram.

Several large clinical studies have shown that a 3D mammogram is a more accurate exam, finding serious cancers 40% earlier. And, it dramatically reduces the chance that a patient will be called back for additional imaging by up to 40%.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival.

To schedule a 3D mammogram at Pella Regional call 641-628-6620.