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Offering treatment delivery and some of the most advanced radiation oncology equipment in the region, Tri-County Health Care is committed to providing you the latest technology for early detection, as well as a comfortable, local option for administration of treatment.
At Tri-County, we will work in close coordination with your primary care provider to provide the treatment you need. Our experienced team of registered nurses administer all treatments at Tri-County and are committed to making your time with us as pleasant and anxiety free as possible. Physician support is also available on-site 24/7.
We work closely with Wade Swenson, M.D., an oncologist from Fergus Falls Medical Group, as well as other oncologists who refer patients from across the area.
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Rick's Cancer Journey
Providing a warm, comfortable and convenient option for patients, care can be seamlessly coordinated with your personal oncologist and a local Tri-County physician. Patients are generally encouraged to receive their first chemotherapy treatment at their oncologist's facility. If no problems develop, they can coordinate further treatments at Tri-County.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams are a non-invasive diagnostic imaging exam of soft tissue, bone, and muscle that have become one of the fastest growing types of medical diagnostic tests in the United States. Tri-County's installation of its own leading-edge MRI System, now allows patients to experience faster, more comfortable exams right here in Wadena. Providing one of the most modern diagnostic technology systems available today, Tri-County is the only health care system to provide this particular MRI system within a 45 mile radius. An integral part of Tri-County Health Care's Advanced Imaging Suite, this technology provides tremendous patient benefits including:
- More Personalized Exams—Patients can receive exams tailored to their specific body type and needs while maximizing comfort.
- Greater Diagnostic Confidence—This leading edge technology provides greater diagnostic confidence with high-quality images like never before and a range of clinical applications that can help you to respond to treatment earlier than ever before.
- Faster Speed & Enhanced Comfort—With a wider 70cm open bore design, our MRI reduces the closed-in feeling of traditional MRIs. The short magnet also allows for many exams to be performed with your patient’s head outside of the system helping to alleviate concerns of claustrophobia
- Aesthetic Comfort—Our beautiful ceiling scape and personal music capabilities allow patients to rest in comfort during their exam, helping to reduce anxiety.
Tri-County's MRI system uses NO RADIATION to capture images, but rather magnets to acquire superb image quality that may be used for a wide range of medical needs — from orthopedic and sports-related injuries to breast cancer testing — and can help physicians make quicker, more accurate diagnoses. The system can provide access for patients up to 550 pounds.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scans
Furthering a commitment to provide you with the very best health care right here at home, Tri-County Health Care owns its own in-house 128-Slice CT Scan. This scanner utilizes leading edge technology for radiological diagnosis, scanning the whole body in seconds to provide incredibly sharp 3D images of any organ or part of the body.
From a patient perspective, this technology helps to diagnose conditions faster, and more accurately, sometimes before patients even notice any symptoms. It is adaptable to virtually any patient, young or old, and of any size, while minimizing radiation exposure.
Digital breast tomosynthesis (tomo), also known as 3D mammography, is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. Images are displayed as a series of thin slices that can be viewed by our radiologists as individual images or in a dynamic interactive animation. 3D mammography is often used in combination with 2D digital mammography.
Benefits of 3D Mammography
Two of the top benefits of 3D mammography are improving the early detection of breast cancer and providing peace of mind due to greater clarity and accuracy. This increased accuracy reduces the number of call-backs, sparing women the anxiety, inconvenience and expense of coming back for further imaging.
How is 3D mammography different than 2D?
Traditional digital mammography takes two-dimensional pictures of the breast and is still an effective tool for detecting breast abnormalities. Rather than viewing the breast tissue in 2D images, with 3D images our radiologists can now examine the tissue one thin layer at a time, making fine details are more visible and less likely to be hidden by overlapping tissue.
Do I need a referral for a 3D mammogram?
Patients 40 and older do not need a written referral from their health care provider for a routine annual mammogram. Patients younger than 40 will need a written referral. This technology has become our new standard of care and is available to all patients for screening and diagnostic mammograms.
Is there increased radiation with 3D mammography?
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. What can patients expect during a 3D mammogram?
What can patients expect during a 3D mammogram? 3D mammography complements standard 2D mammography. No additional breast compression is required and it only takes a few more seconds. The experience will be very similar to mammograms patients have had in the past. As is typical with any mammogram exam, some women experience minor discomfort and others experience no discomfort at all.
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. Although 2D/3D combination exams have been proven to detect more cancers, it is still recommended that all women 40 and older receive a routine screening mammogram every year.
Is 3D mammography safe for women with breast implants?
Yes. Mammography, both 2D and 3D, is safe for women with breast implants. Most breast implants are designed to withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure. A mammogram generates an average of 20 lbs. of pressure.
Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies
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 your 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 that the area that is biopsied is the exact area where the abnormality was seen on the mammogram. After the sample is collected it is sent to a lab for testing
Why is a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Performed?
A breast biopsy is typically done to investigate irregularities (such as a lump) in the breast. A breast lump may be frightening. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, breast lumps are often benign (non-cancerous). A breast biopsy is typically done if your doctor becomes concerned following a mammogram or breast ultrasound. Your doctor may also order these tests if a lump was discovered during a physical exam.
Benefits of a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Quite simply, a stereotactic breast biopsy is less invasive than a surgical biopsy, requires less recovery time, and causes minimal scaring.
Are There Risks with a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy?
If you are pregnant or concerned you may be pregnant, radiation from the X-rays may be harmful to your unborn child. Be sure to tell your doctor so alternative biopsy methods can be considered. Complications from a biopsy are rare. The risks associated with the procedure are outweighed by the benefits of having potentially cancerous calcifications inspected. Remember, the quicker breast cancer is detected, the faster your treatment can begin.
How to Prepare for a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Before your breast biopsy, tell your doctor about any allergies you have, especially any history of allergic reactions to anesthesia. Also be sure to mention any medications you may be taking, including over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin or supplements.You’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown. You should avoid using moisturizer on your breast and remove all jewelry and any body piercings before the biopsy.
After a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
You will be able to go home after your stereotactic breast biopsy. The samples of your tissue will be sent to lab. You will be given instructions on how to care for the biopsy site at home. This includes keeping it clean and changing the bandages to prevent infection. You should contact your doctor if you develop a fever over 100°F or experience redness, warmth, or discharge from the site. These are all signs of infection.