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3D Mammography Machine
October 11, 2013

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox Cabell Huntington Hospital's Breast Health Center is on the cutting edge when it comes to detection technology. A new machine can help detect breast cancer even better than previous machines.

"For the first time, the radiologist can scroll through and look at slices of the breast tissue, similar to a CT so they can see things that are underlying and that may have been obstructed in the the past by underlying breast tissue," Marsha Dillow, Breast Health Center Director, said

They now have two 3D mammogram machines that offer improved accuracy and detection, clearer images and quicker scans.

"Patients don't really notice a difference at all," Dillow said.

But the results can be very different. A study released earlier this year shows a 27 percent increase in breast cancer detection with 3D mammograms versus 2D.

"If you are diagnosed early your cure rate is in the 90th percentile so absolutely it's a big big difference," Dillow said.

The Breast Health Center recommends a baseline mammogram at age 40, but if you have a first or second degree relative diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50, they recommend enrolling in their high-risk detection program.

"You may have someone in your family with the breast cancer gene, which puts you at a much higher risk of developing breast cancer," Dillow said.

They also now offer same day results for mammograms. That's significantly fast than the turnaround before, which could take several days.

The Breast Health Center is offering free clinical breast exams and breast cancer screening on Friday, October 18, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. You can call 304-526-2440 for an appointment.


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