#1 - 3-D mammography can detect cancer at its earliest stages. The advanced technology more easily reveals areas of concern for radiologists. In EvergreenHealth’s first year using 3-D mammography, 40 incidences of breast cancer were detected that would not have been seen by 2-D mammography. Women are encouraged to begin receiving annual mammograms starting at age 40 to catch cancer as soon as possible.
#2 - Readings are more precise, thanks to clearer images. Each screening is composed of a set of 1mm-thin images that are collected as the machine moves in an arc above the breast to recreate a three-dimensional image. Radiologists literally see through the tissue, one sliced image at a time.
#3 - Peace of mind afforded by greater accuracy at the initial screening. With 3-D mammography, patients at EvergreenHealth experienced a 31 percent decrease in call-backs, resulting in greater peace of mind.
#4 - It’s familiar, but better; the procedure is identical to traditional 2-D mammography. All that will feel different is the quality of the results. With every appointment, EvergreenHealth offers the MammoPad for a softer, comfortable exam which no longer requires you to hold your breath.
#5 - Low-dose x-ray images yield little risk. The radiation produced by a 3-D screening is similar to the amount travelers are exposed to on a flight across the country and back. Decreases in call-backs mean reduction in radiation exposure over multiple visits, too.
#6 - More choice at the same cost. EvergreenHealth patients choose 3-D or 2-D for the same cost, enabling women to choose the procedure best suited to their needs and comfort.
#7 - Younger women receive more thorough screenings. Three-dimensional technology does a better job evaluating denser breast tissue, which is common among younger women.
#8 - EvergreenHealth’s superior excellence in breast imaging affords patients the highest quality of care. EvergreenHealth’s Breast Imaging Center is accredited by The American College of Radiology and is recognized as a Center of Excellence through the ACR and the NQMBC.
#9 - Interdisciplinary teams review results to provide a range of perspectives from EvergreenHealth’s team of breast health experts.
#10 - Service where it’s most convenient. EvergreenHealth introduced 3-D mammography technology aboard its mobile mammography coach, which travels throughout the Eastside bringing preventative care directly to the patient. Appointments can be scheduled ahead of time via an online form or simply by walking up to the coach.
For the coach schedule, visit www.evergreenhealth.com/mammocoach.