3-D Mammograms Available at Baptist Health Care For Early Breast Cancer Detection

FILE - In this May 6, 2010 file photo, a radiologist uses a magnifying glass to check mammograms for breast cancer in Los Angeles. Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force said Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50, and that 40-somethings make their own choice after weighing the pros and cons. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Technology has advanced in the medical field, allowing for early detection with breast cancer.

3-D imaging for women and men is available in our area.

The machine is the only one in the Pensacola area that shows an in depth view which helps doctors make a diagnosis.

“We wanted to provide something different, and be on the cutting edge of technology so that it will help women find breast cancer earlier, it’s determined that 3-d mammography can reduce the call back rate by 40 percent,” says Vikki Jordan, Operations Manager of Radiology, Baptist Health Care.

It’s been offered here for 5 years and the difference is clear.

“A 2-D mammogram shows up and it’s just an image of a flat image, a 3-D mammogram, the best way to describe it is like peeling an onion, it actually takes the breast and goes in layers, and the physician is able to cut through and see if that really is a mast or is that tissue,” says Jordan.

Breast cancer survivor Kim Wood didn’t have the 3-D mammogram during her diagnosis, but wants to encourage women and men to get screened.

“I just think that technology, now are so awesome that we can do 3-D imaging and that we can detect everything so early and really save women’s lives for that,” says Wood.

What saved her life was just knowing that something wasn’t right.

“I found a lump near my arm pit when I was in the shower, and I didn’t know what it was, I thought it was an ingrown hair or something.”

Kim was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at the age of 30 and she says age is not a factor in contracting the disease.

“One of the best things we can do is to be on top of our own bodies, to know what our regular lumps and bumps feel like,” says Wood.

What feels odd can be getting a mammogram in order to save a life.


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