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Contact:  Josie Faber
712-476-8327
Josie.faber@hegghc.org
July 2019

New 3D Mammography Unit at Hospital
Updated Technology allows for more accurate mammogram results

ROCK VALLEY – After fundraising for 3 years, Hegg Health Center now has our new 3D Mammogram unit on site. This new unit performs Tomosynthesis screenings, which allow for more efficient and accurate mammograms. The process of getting a mammogram is the same for the patient, but results are more accurate due to the upgraded technology.

A 3D mammogram allows the radiologist to see the breast tissue in thin layers, rather than one flat 2D image. “A 2D mammogram is like taking an X-ray of a book. With 2D, you would see all the pages overlapping but it’s hard to tell what is on each individual page. A 3D mammogram shows us pictures of the breast tissue in thinner slices, so it’s similar to being able to read each page of a book, which is why we can get much better results,” says Hegg Radiology Director, Sara Johnson.

Hegg Health Center has been campaigning for over three years for this new equipment. One out of every eight women suffer from breast cancer, receiving regular mammograms can help detect signs of breast cancer in the earlier stages. Hegg’s goal was to be able to offer women the ability to get high-quality mammograms right here in our community, rather than having to travel out of town or to large facilities. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes and results are typically mailed within one week after the procedure.

The process is very similar to the process with the 2D machine, with the addition of a camera that takes the 3D pictures. The compressions only last a few seconds, and often the entire procedure is complete within 10 minutes.

Women typically start getting mammograms at the age of 40. Once 40, women are recommended to get a mammogram every year to screen for breast cancer. If there is a family history of breast cancer, some doctors may recommend screening at an earlier age. Radiologist Director, Sara Johnson states the importance of getting a yearly mammogram when she says, “10 minutes could save your life.”

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