3D Mam­mog­ra­phy used for the pre­ven­tion and early de­tec­tion of breast can­cer

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The Gympie Times - - LIFE -

We be­lieve 3D mam­mog­ra­phy will ben­e­fit all pa­tients in our breast pro­gram DR DREW MCMENAMIN

Gympie Ra­di­ol­ogy of­fers 3D mam­mog­ra­phy ex­am­i­na­tions to women liv­ing in the Gympie, Mary Val­ley and Wide Bay re­gion. This newer tech­nol­ogy pro­duces mul­ti­ple images of the breast at 1mm slices, shown in clin­i­cal stud­ies to be sig­nif­i­cantly su­pe­rior to tra­di­tional 2D mam­mog­ra­phy. 3D mam­mog­ra­phy en­ables ra­di­ol­o­gists to iden­tify and char­ac­terise in­di­vid­ual breast struc­tures with­out the con­fu­sion of over­lap­ping tis­sue, which can re­sult in false pos­i­tive find­ings with tra­di­tional 2D mam­mog­ra­phy. Re­search shows up to 40% more women will be spared the anx­i­ety of be­ing re­called for an un­nec­es­sary biopsy or fur­ther imag­ing with 3D mam­mog­ra­phy. “We be­lieve 3D mam­mog­ra­phy will ben­e­fit all pa­tients in our breast pro­gram. The ad­van­tage of the lat­est 3D tech­nol­ogy is the dose sav­ings for our pa­tients com­pared with pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion 3D ma­chines” says Ra­di­ol­o­gist, Dr Drew McMenamin. “The ma­jor­ity of re­fer­rals are Medi­care el­i­gi­ble and there will be no out of pocket cost”. Gympie Ra­di­ol­ogy’s Women’s Imag­ing De­part­ment in­te­grates the use of 3D mam­mog­ra­phy, breast ul­tra­sound, breast MRI and in­ter­ven­tional pro­ce­dures to of­fer a com­plete range of breast imag­ing ser­vices. Please con­sult your GP or spe­cial­ist for more in­for­ma­tion.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

TOP TEAM: The team at Gympie Ra­di­ol­ogy in­clude (from left) Natalie (Breast Tech­ni­cian), Jody, Katie.

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