DAILY NEWS photo courtesy Washakie Medical Center
Patient Lisa Frank undergoes her first 3D mammogram, a screening technology available at Washakie Medical Center that creates a three-dimensional reconstruction of the breast in an experience similar to a traditional mammogram.
Low dose 3D mammography reduces
false positives, improves patient comfort
WORLAND — Washakie Medical Center is excited to offer 3D
Mammography at its Breast Center. 3D mammography, also known as
tomosynthesis, has been shown to increase cancer detection while
simultaneously reducing the number of false-positives in a
recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association (JAMA). The screening method produces a
three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps
radiologists more easily identify and characterize individual
breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue
that can confound results in traditional mammography.
The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a 3D mammogram, multiple, low-dose X-ray images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.
“3D Mammography helps us reduce the amount of anxiety our community experiences when they might have otherwise been called back for additional screening,” said Marty Hinkel, a diagnostics manager at the medical center. “We are proud to be the first hospital in the state to offer this technology to our community.”
Washakie Medical Center’s Breast Center is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering 3D mammograms, the hospital provides the latest in imaging technology. If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please call (307) 347-6932.
The JAMA study, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography” (Sarah M. Friedewald et al), looked at close to half a million mammography exams. The researchers found that 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive or lethal cancers than a traditional mammogram.
Significant findings from the study include:
• A 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
• A 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
• A 15 percent decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.
Washakie Medical Center is a county-owned hospital in Worland, Wyoming, operated by Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare systems with 25 hospitals in seven states. The hospital offers expanding technology to meet the needs of the Big Horn Basin residents.
For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Washakie.
Brandie Neufer a 2014 graduate of Worland High School is the
recipient of two scholarships. The first scholarship is a $1000
scholarship from Wyoming Rural Water Foundation.
To apply for this scholarship applicants had to be related to a member of the Wyoming Rural Water Board. From there the applications were presented to the board where they picked two applications for the state of Wyoming.
The second scholarship is from a Sheridan College donor, the Thorne-Rider Endowed Scholarship for $625. This Scholarship has been used in the past as a source of recruiting dollars depending on the direction of the District’s recruiting and retention plan. This year they have decided to give the scholarship to students who are pursuing a degree within the health sciences department. Brandie will be a freshman at Sheridan College studying Nursing with an associate of science degree. In high school Brandie was active in Student Council (Student Body Vice President), W-Club, FCCLA (State of Wyoming FCCLA Secretary/Treasurer 2013-2014), Key Club, Yearbook (Editor) and Cheerleading. Brandie’s parents are Mike and Holly Neufer of Worland.
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