Patients at Northeastern Health System Sequoyah can now take advantage of the latest in mammography technology. A new 3D mammography system was recently installed at the NHS Sequoyah Imaging Center, and is the first offered in the area, according to NHS Sallisaw Radiology Director Andrea Weber.
“The 3D process is painless and no different from the traditional 2D exam, except for the use of the imaging technology,” Weber said. “It gives doctors a clearer picture, which results in less call-backs for further imaging, which, in turn, reduces the patient’s exposure to radiation. If there is something in there, they are going to see it. You have a better chance of it being detected.”
Weber said the 3D imaging differs from the 2D in that it takes nine images of breast tissue that can be subdivided into many layers. This layering allows the radiologist to zero in for a closer look at suspicious spots instead of viewing one flat image that, previously, could result in a patient having to be called back for additional testing.
The GE Senographe equipment has been proven 30 to 60 percent more effective in detecting breast cancer. Weber said the exam takes only a minute or two longer than the traditional mammogram. More insurance companies are covering the 3D option.
Weber said the hospital began offering the new digital technology May 1. She said the hospital performs approximately five to seven mammograms per day, five days per week.
The machine and accompanying components cost between $360,000 to $390,000, according to Weber. The hospital received a $125,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for part of the cost, and another $5,600 was raised from a Strike Out Breast Cancer fundraiser baseball game at Sallisaw High School last year.
It is recommended that women 40 and older receive a yearly mammogram. Patients will need an order from their primary care provider. To schedule a 3D mammogram with NHS Sequoyah, call 918-774-1100.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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