Mammography is an essential part of healthy living for women. Early detection of breast cancer, visualizing masses and lesions more clearly, and reducing unnecessary biopsies is the goal of SMC’s Mammography Team.
“With the new 3D Mammography system, we are providing patients with the highest standard of care in breast imaging,” said Radiology Director Calvin Ferrier.
“It’s gorgeous,” said Amy Robinson, lead mammography tech. “The images are so clear. It’s amazing.
”The imaging process creates a three-dimensional picture of the breast allowing for increased identification of masses and/or lesions, Ferrier said. It is also superior for women with dense breast tissue. In addition to the crisp, detailed images, the 3D unit is less constricting than SMC’s old system.
“This unit makes the experience much more comfortable,” Robinson said. The mammography room has also been redesigned with calming colors, providing patients with a warm and welcoming environment.
Ferrier said the new 3D unit is an exciting addition to the radiology department.“We get a lot of phone calls asking if we have 3D mammography,” she said. “I’m so happy to say that we do.”
Once a woman turns 40, she should have a mammogram every year. At age 55, women may choose to get a mammogram every two years or continue yearly screenings.
If you or someone you know needs to make a mammogram appointment, call 856-878-6893.