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NEW 3D MAMMOGRAPHY AT B A N N E R H E A LT H

Banner Fort Collins Medical Center has announced they will add local mammography services, including 3D mammography technology, later this fall. The addition of this latest technology can improve care for women and increase efficiency, while offering the convenience of having services close to home. The new low-dose 3D mammography system produces special images that allow radiologists to better view breast tissue. The X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images in just seconds. These images have been found to identify 40 percent more invasive cancers than 2D systems, plus the system improves the radiologist’s ability to view asymmetric densities, distortions and smaller masses, resulting in earlier diagnosis. 3D mammography has also been shown to reduce false positive results and the need for patients to undergo additional imaging by 20-40 percent. Other benefits of this new technology include a reduction in radiation dosage by generating 2D images from 3D data, and an increase in patient comfort by reducing the amount of time a patient is under compression by more than half. Ben George, MD,MBA, regional site lead in charge of medical oncology for Banner Health in northern Colorado stressed that, in general, early detection is important. He says, “Since most cancers don’t have early symptoms, when detected in the early stages the treatments are easier and outcomes are much better. This technology allows the increased likelihood of finding highly curable cancers. It helps us provide the highest quality of images.” Mammography services will be available on Mondays from 8 am-4 pm, Wednesdays from 7 am-3 pm, and Thursdays from 8 am-4 pm. Patients over 40 may be seen without a written physician order but will be asked to provide the name of a referring physician for sharing test results. Consumers may begin requesting appointments in October by calling (970) 810-6070. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/FortCollins. (Source: Banner Health press release, August 22, 2017)

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