Nacogdoches Medical Center’s (NMC) Loma Laird Cancer Center recently hosted dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremonies for its new 3D Mammography Program, the first to be offered for women in Nacogdoches.
At the event, NMC CEO, Philip Koovakada, explained the advances 3D digital screening mammography offers in diagnosing breast cancer.
“3D mammography exams allow a radiologist to examine breast tissue layer by layer,” said Koovakada. “Instead of viewing all the complexities of breast tissue in a flat image, the radiologist can see the fine details that may have been hidden on a conventional 2D exam.”
“The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival,” said OB/GYN Charles Thompson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for NMC Health Network. “By offering advanced technology in mammography, we hope to increase the number of women in the area who will come for routine screenings.” The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During the exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are captured at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.
“This investment in the services provided at NMC’s Loma Laird Cancer Center is further demonstration of our commitment to the community, to make quality healthcare readily available to our neighbors and friends,” said Koovakada. "We are privileged to be able to offer this state-of-the-art technology that can aid in earlier detection of breast cancer.”