Hologic 3D Mammography

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaching in October, now is an ideal time for area women to take advantage of the high-tech screening offered in Sikeston.

In April 2013, Missouri Delta Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center began offering the Hologic 3D Mammography for breast cancer screening.  Studies have shown 3D mammography to be a great investment.

For example, in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a groundbreaking study was published that found Hologic’s 3D mammography screening technology significantly increased cancer detection while simultaneously reducing the number of women called back for unnecessary screenings due to false alarms.  The study said that reduces anxiety, as well as health care costs.

With 3D mammography, a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue is produced and helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

One former Sikeston resident even returns to her hometown because the city where she currently resides doesn’t offer the 3D mammography.  Dr. Sarah Boyce Sawyer, a Dermatologist, talked to her physician in Birmingham, Ala., and found that no institution in the area offered 3D mammography.

Sawyer explained that a colleague of hers, who lives in Washington D.C., received a 2D mammogram and a 3D mammogram.  The 2D mammogram showed no signs of cancer, but the 3D mammogram did.  “She tells everyone to request a 3D mammogram,” Sawyer said of her friend.

Sawyer mentioned the story to her mother and was surprised and delighted to discover that her home town of Sikeston offered such high technology.  “Many larger medical centers don’t offer 3D, and it’s unheard of to have a community raise money for such advanced technology.  I am so proud of my hometown,” Sawyer said.

Sawyer makes a trip to Sikeston at least once a year just to have her annual mammogram performed at Missouri Delta Women’s Imaging Center.

“I come to Sikeston every July to get the 3D,” Sawyer said.  “On my last visit, the Radiologist showed me the difference between the 2D mammogram I had in Birmingham compared to the 3D mammogram I had at Missouri Delta.  I will never, ever get another 2D mammogram,” says Sawyer.

Since the community helped Missouri Delta and the Foundation raise funds for the equipment, there is no extra cost to have a 3D mammogram performed at Missouri Delta.  “Other facilities may charge as much as $100 extra for the 3D,” said Sharon Urhahn, Director of Marketing for Missouri Delta Medical Center.  No other facility in Sikeston offers 3D mammography, she added.

There is no requirement to have a physician prescription to have a screening mammogram.  To make an appointment or for more information, contact the Women’s Imaging Center at 472-7330.