Ministry Breast Care Center in Stevens Point among the first in the area to offer Tomosynthesis Breast Screening Technology
Women who undergo routine mammograms at Ministry Breast Care Center, Stevens Point, now have the latest screening and diagnostic technology available to them. Ministry Breast Care Center, Stevens Point, is one of the first in the area to offer tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening. Breast tomosynthesis helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.
Breast tomosynthesis system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. The system offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ground-breaking tomosynthesis platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance.
Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a higher cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone. Radiologists are reporting that tomosynthesis technology gives them increased confidence with a significant reduction in recall rates.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer this service to our patients,” shared Dr. Mark Wadina, Radiologist. “The tomosynthesis breast screenings are allowing us to detect even the slightest abnormality. This can mean earlier diagnosis and increased chances of recovery.”
During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.
By offering women the latest technology in mammography, Ministry Breast Care Center, Stevens Point hopes to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened.
“I know what patients think getting a mammogram entails,” shared Beth Junemann, Radiologic Technologist, Ministry Breast Care Center. “Mammogram technology has come a long way and it’s important to dispel the myths of the mammogram process so we can save lives.”
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.