Mercy Introduces 3-D Mammography to Southwest Colorado

(DURANGO, COLO.)Mercy Regional Breast Care Center is pleased to announce the addition of digital tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography.

The state-of-the-art Hologics Selenia Dimensions Mammography System recently installed at Mercy is capable of detecting 30 to 40 percent more invasive breast cancers compared to standard 2-D digital mammography. The new technology helps providers detect lesions with greater accuracy and see them with greater clarity, which can help detect cancer earlier and reduce false-positive recalls and unnecessary biopsies.

Conventional digital mammography produces one image, taken from one angle. This limited view can make it difficult to detect cancers--especially through dense breast tissuebecause a tumor may be obscured by tissue that lies between the x-ray and the tumor. In contrast, breast tomosynthesis takes multiple images of the entire breast, allowing radiologists to view the breast in multiple image layers, or slices, that can be reconstructed into a composite image using the systems software. The composite image allows for examination of areas of concern from all angles.

We are pleased to be the first to bring this technology to southwest Colorado. 3-D mammography will make it easier for doctors to catch breast cancer early and to reduce the chance of doctors seeing a false positive, said Bill Plauth, M.D., Mercys chief medical officer.

The new system, which was funded entirely by contributions to Mercy Health Foundation, complements Mercys other breast diagnostic services including breast ultrasound, breast MRI and specialized laboratory diagnostics. The first screening mammogram using the 3D system was performed at Mercy on June 29.

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About Mercy Regional Medical Center

Mercy Regional Medical Center is an 82-bed acute care hospital in Durango, Colorado. As a non-profit hospital that is part of the Centura Health network, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves in the Four Corners region. See the Mercy Regional Medical Center websitefor more information.

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Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life Colorado, we are making the regions best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. Were Centura Health, and were here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.

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