3D mammography now available in Bemidji

3D mammography available in Bemidji
The Edith Sanford Breast Center in Bemidji is now using 3D mammography. This advanced breast cancer detection tool gives radiologists better visualization of the breast. This includes identifying previously undetectable cancer earlier and reducing the need for additional follow-up tests. 3D mammography is the most effective screening tool for diagnosing breast cancer. It performs particularly well in women with dense breast tissue.

During the 3D portion of the exam, the X-ray arm moves in an arc, taking multiple images in seconds. Advanced computer imaging and low-dose X-rays convert digital images into a stack of thin layers, or “slices.” This allows doctors to look at the tissue one layer at a time instead of a single flat image.

Doctors recommend women 40 years of age and older should be screened for breast cancer once a year. Early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer.  If detected early, the 10-year survival rate is greater than 90 percent.

In addition to 3D mammography, all patients who have a mammogram at the Edith Sanford Breast Center will also have the option of completing a breast cancer risk assessment tool. This is called the Athena screening questionnaire. The assessment evaluates many risk factors for developing breast cancer including family history, lifestyle and genetic predisposition.  Patients with an elevated risk for breast cancer based on the assessment will be referred for additional resources and specialists. This can include risk-reduction programs and/or genetic testing.

Edith Sanford Breast Center in Bemidji has received the following designations: American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

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