St. Patrick Hospital Expands Mammography Services to Include 3D Mammograms
May 08, 2015
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Missoula, MT—Providence St. Patrick Hospital recently expanded its radiology services to include three new 3-D mammography machines.
The 3-D technology involves acquiring images of a breast at multiple angles. These images are reconstructed into a series of thin high-resolution slices that can be displayed individually or together. 3-D mammograms give physicians improved diagnostic and screening accuracy, resulting in fewer patient recalls. The 3-D technology also improves the physician’s ability to identify cancer early, especially in hard to spot areas.
St. Patrick Hospital is the only facility in Missoula to offer this service. Two of the 3-D mammography machines are at the Broadway Imaging Center in the Broadway Building at St. Patrick Hospital’s main campus. The third machine is at Grant Creek Family Medicine and will be ready for exams June 15. All patients who come to these facilities for a mammogram will receive this new technology.
Patients who come to Broadway Imaging will receive the same compassionate, quality care as always. However, the patient care area at Broadway Imaging has been remodeled to create a more healing environment, including renovated changing rooms.
Broadway Imaging performed 7,000 mammograms in 2014. According to the American Cancer Society, women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. Mammograms are still a very effective and valuable tool for decreasing suffering and death from breast cancer.