Mercy Hospital adds 3D Mammography for Breast Cancer Screening

posted 9/21/2018 in News

Women in Fayette County and the surrounding area now have access to the most advanced breast screening technology at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein! The hospital is upgrading to include Tomosynthesis, better known as 3D Mammography, during the first week of October.

"The addition of 3D Mammography allows us to evaluate the breast in a more detailed manner," said Alli Ingels, Radiology Supervisor at Mercy Hospital. "It allows us to find abnormalities or changes in breast tissue earlier than we could in the past." In addition to a quicker diagnosis, patients will immediately see the benefits by having a 3D screening option available closer to home. "We're so excited to offer this to the women we serve!" said Ingels.

Genius™ 3D Mammography is proven to find more invasive cancers, while also reducing the chance a patient will need to be called back for additional tests. The exam captures images of the breast from multiple angles so providers can review multi-layered images. The doctor can then examine the breast layer by layer, almost like turning pages in a book. Radiologists can immediately read the images whether in Oelwein, at the accredited Covenant Comprehensive Breast Center in Waterloo, or Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls.

"Having this technology allows Mercy Hospital to provide the highest standards of breast care," said Mercy Site Administrator Terri Derflinger. "Being a breast cancer patient myself, this is something very important to me. This is wonderful for women in our community."

The upgrade to Genius 3D Mammography is made possible by a gift of more than $250,000 from the Mercy Hospital Foundation. "This gift shows the Mercy Foundation believes in our hospital and our Mission to patients," said Derflinger.

Wheaton Iowa strongly encourages women without a family history of breast cancer (women at average risk) to start having screening mammograms every year starting at age 40 to obtain maximum lifesaving benefits. For more information about 3D Mammography at Mercy Hospital and how to get screened, call 319-283-6055.
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