By: Shannon Brauch, RN, TCHC Breast Navigator
When it comes to breast health, every woman deserves the very best care possible. With the addition of 3D Mammography and Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies at Tri-County Health Care, that is exactly what they will get.
A revolutionary tool in the early detection of breast cancer, 3D Mammography is the new standard in breast cancer screening today, with Tri-County’s new Genius 3D technology providing a 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, as well as up to a 40% reduction in anxiety producing false-positive recalls. The result is greater accuracy in diagnosis and ideally, reduced stress on the patient.
Who should have a Mammogram?
It’s recommended that all women 40 years of age and older receive an annual mammogram.
With 3D mammography, do I still need an annual screening?
Yes. All women are at risk for breast cancer, regardless of symptoms or family history. Mammograms often can detect potential problems before they can be felt. Early detection greatly increases treatment options and the likelihood of successful recovery.
Is 3D Mammography safe?
3D mammography is quite safe. Radiation exposure to the breast is very low. In fact, the radiation dose for a combined 2D/3D mammography exam is well below the acceptable limits defined by the FDA, and is only a fraction of the level of radiation you receive from natural sources.
Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies
One of the only systems in the immediate region to offer minimally invasive breast biopsies, Tri-County Health Care is committed to providing female patients with care and technology required for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
A minimally invasive breast biopsy (or Stereotactic Breast Biopsy) is a procedure that uses mammography to precisely identify and biopsy an abnormality within the breast. It is normally done when the radiologist sees a suspicious abnormality on a mammogram that can’t be felt in a physical exam. This procedure will help determine whether or not you have breast cancer or any other concerning abnormalities in your breast.
Utilizing 3D Mammography as a guide, stereotactic breast biopsies use mammographic images to locate and target the area of concern and to help guide the biopsy needle to a precise location. This technique helps ensure the area that is biopsied is the exact area where the abnormality was seen on the mammogram.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies
A stereotactic breast biopsy is less invasive than a surgical biopsy, requires less recovery time and causes minimal scaring. Women who undergo the procedure can be in and out of the hospital the same day and able to sleep in their own bed that night.
Why is a Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy Performed?
A breast biopsy is typically done if your doctor becomes concerned following a mammogram or breast ultrasound. It is used to investigate irregularities (such as a lump) in the breast.
About the Author: Shannon Brauch, RN, is the TCHC Breast Navigator. In her role she paves the path for women with breast health concerns and helps patients and their families navigate through the health care system. To learn more click here: http://www.tchc.org/what-we-offer/womens-health.
*Article was originally printed in Healthy Times Summer 2016.