A breakthrough in breast imaging technology has arrived at Wallowa Memorial Hospital with a new Genius 3D Mammography system.
The system improves accuracy of mammograms by reducing false positives by up to 40 percent. This results in more clearly defined cancerous areas, so physicians can target treatment options more successfully, according to Wallowa Memorial Hospital imaging director Josie Conrad.
The 3D system was officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration May 30, giving the final green light to start seeing patients.
Conrad, who has been receiving intensive education and training on the new system along with other technicians, called the Genius 3D Mammography system “the latest and greatest” when it comes to early and accurate detection of breast cancer.
“As women, we all know how important early detection is to increase our survival rates and reduce the scope of treatments required, should there be cancer found,” said Conrad. “Now, with 3D technology, women can get that peace of mind from knowing they had the most accurate and comprehensive test available.”
In 2013, the most recent year that figures are available, 230,815 women and 2,109 men were diagnosed with breast cancer. In any given year, about 41,000 women and 440 men will die from breast cancer. There are currently about 2.8 million survivors of breast cancer in the United States, and many credit their ability to overcome the disease with early detection, so it can be caught at Stage 1 or Stage 2, when it is highly treatable and survivor rates are high.
“It’s easy to procrastinate getting those recommended screenings,” said Conrad, “especially because most of us are busy and don’t want to think about it. However, there is so much to be gained by monitoring our health so we can address any issues before they become catastrophic.”
To schedule a mammography requires a physician referral, said Conrad, so the next step to take is to schedule an appointment with a primary care physician, who can issue the referral for a 3D mammography exam.