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Published on January 08, 2016

Pardee Hospital to Offer 3D Mammography

Written by Erica Allison

Low dose 3D mammography exams are clinically proven to increase invasive cancer detection and reduce recall rates. Appointments are currently being scheduled.

(Hendersonville, N.C.) Pardee Hospital is pleased to offer the latest in breast cancer screening advances with 3D mammography exams. 3D mammography exams are clinically proven to detect 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduce false positives by up to 40%, decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing or biopsies. Appointments are currently being scheduled and can be made by calling 828.698.7979.We are extremely proud to bring this new technology to our community, said Ron Mckee, Director of Radiology and Cardiology at Pardee Hospital. This allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape, and location of abnormalities leading to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.The 3D mammography exam allows doctors to examine breast tissue layer by layer. So, instead of viewing all of the complexities of breast tissue in a flat image, as with traditional mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below. A great comparison would be to imagine if you were examining a book. With traditional 2D mammography, we would only be able to look at the front, sides, and back cover of the book, but with new 3D mammography, we are able to see every page in the book and every word on the page, said Teresa Frady, Pardee Hospital Mammography Coordinator. A 3D mammography exam is very similar to having a traditional mammogram. There's no additional compression required with the exam, and it only takes a few seconds. The exams also deliver a very low dose of radiation, roughly equal to that of traditional mammography, well within FDA guidelines. Appointments are currently being scheduled and most major insurance policies cover the exam. However, Pardee will cover any fees that insurance companies do not insure during the first year the machine is out. For more information, go online to pardeehospital.org. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 828.698.7979.

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