In late October, KVH Hospital began offering 3D digital mammography with computer aided detection. A public open house is slated for December 12 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. to showcase the new service.
The open house will provide the community with an opportunity to tour the upgraded mammography suite, see the new equipment, and speak with staff from the Imaging Department.
The first 50 attendees will receive a small gift bag. All attendees may enter to win a $50 gift certificate to a local spa and salon. Light refreshments will be provided.
Bringing digital mammography to Kittitas County was the focus of The Foundation at KVH’s fundraising efforts in 2016. 3D digital mammography with computer aided detection is the most advanced mammography technology. From a patient’s perspective, a 3D mammogram is the same as any other type of mammogram. However, the newest 3D technology has been shown to detect cancers better and earlier than traditional film mammography and 2D digital mammography.
“Though the procedure is the same, the new mammography unit makes the exam much more comfortable,” said KVH Director of Diagnostic Services Stacy Olea. “The new unit uses all rounded corners to eliminate all of the sharp edges that you find on older models.” Other smaller touches to make the exam more comfortable include new plush robes and a more relaxing and soothing environment in the mammography suite.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some women may be at a higher risk for breast cancer because of their personal or family medical history. Recommendations for how often women should receive mammography screening depend on a woman’s age, individual health, and family history of disease. Women should talk to their healthcare provider to determine a screening schedule that is right for them.