3-D Mammography in Missouri & Arkansas
Receive Your Breast Cancer Screening at the Baxter Breast Imaging Center
The Breast Imaging Center at Baxter Regional Medical Center is home to
Arkansas’ & Missouri’s first 3-D Mammogram. Using the
latest digital technology, 3-D Mammography allows physicians to identify
potential concerns in a way never before possible.
3-D Mammography provides a more comprehensive, dimensional view of breast
tissue, allowing earlier detection of changes that may be too small or
subtle for older mammography technology to detect. Research has shown
that, compared to standard mammography, 3-D mammograms are 40% more effective
in the detection of breast cancer.
What Makes 3-D Mammography Better?
In a 3-D mammogram, numerous x-rays are taken of the breasts which are
used to create a 3-D image, unlike the standard mammograms which create
flat, 2-D scans. Rather than looking at one image, radiologists can go
examine one millimeter of tissue at a time and spot abnormalities. Despite
taking more images, 3-D mammograms expose patients to the same amount
of radiation as their standard counterpart, meaning they are just as safe
and the preferred option by most physician.
Women with dense breast tissue or a history of breast cancer should look
into receiving 3-D mammography, as standard mammograms have a difficult
time penetrating tissue and revealing something that may be a cause for
concern. As the images are clearer, it also reduces the chances of the
doctor diagnosing a false positive.
Early Detection Is Key To Successful Treatment.
Performing a monthly self-breast exam is extremely important for detecting
breast cancer early. You should begin performing this exams from age 20
and upwards. As you get older, your risk of developing breast cancer increases
and you will need to start receiving regular mammograms. If you’re
a woman over the age of 40, or if you have a family history of breast
cancer, it is important to have an annual mammogram screening.
Consult with a doctor as soon as possible if you notice:
- A lump in the breast or underarm area
- Breast swelling
- Your nipples turning inward
- A rash or scaliness around the nipple
- Nipple discharge
3-D mammography can detect breast cancer before noticeable lumps form,
meaning you can start fighting it in the very early stages and greatly
improve your chances to have a less intrusive and more pleasant resolution.