Did you know that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime? That’s why it’s important to begin annual mammogram screenings at age 40. Regular mammograms are essential to early detection and the fight against breast cancer. In fact, with early detection, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 100 percent. At Clinch Valley Health, your breast health is important to us. Our caring staff uses the latest technology – like 3D mammography – in a comfortable and welcoming environment to help you stay on top of your health and give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing and being prepared.
What is mammography?
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast. It is effective in detecting breast disase in its earliest stages. A mammogram can detect a tumor much earlier than it can be felt, resulting in a greater chance for successful treatment.
What is 3D mammography?
3D mammography is a type of digital mammography which uses advanced technology to take images of your breast from different angles and combine them to create a more complete and accurate image of your breast than is possible with regular 2D digital mammography.
3D mammography follows the same basic procedure that you're probably accustomed to with regular 2D digital mammography. 3D lasts just a few seconds longer, slightly extending the time of minor discomfort you may feel and the low-risk radiation exposure involved with all forms of digital mammography.
Why should I get a 3D mammogram?
The more complete and accurate image of your breast generated by 3D mammography allows us to detect breast cancer earlier and more effectively than traditional 2D mammography, so that we can take action to help you fight.
3D mammography is particularly effective if you have dense breast tissue or have been given a previous cancer or lesion diagnosis.
And 3D mammography's higher accuracy means less unnecessary return visits to the doctor for false positives that turn out to be non-cancerous.
What does all of that mean for you? Greater peace of mind.
How can I get a 3D mammogram?
A provider order is required for screening and diagnostic mammography. As always, you should consult with your personal primary care physician to determine the type and frequency of screenings that's best for you. If you need a primary care physician, call us at 800.424.DOCS and we'll get you connected to the right care.
What is stereotactic breast biopsy?
Increased use of screening mammography and improvement in mammography techniques have resulted in early detection of very small lesions in breast tissue. If a breast abnormality is identified by mammography, breast ultrasound, or clinical examination, a biopsy will determine if the abnormality is cancerous.
Clinch Valley offers a less invasive breast biopsy system. Stereotactic breast biopsy uses the guiding capabilities of a computer as well as a specialized biopsy needle to obtain tissue samples. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, requiring only local anesthesia. No stitches are required, and the results are usually available in 1-2 days. This procedure offers a simple, quick, less painful, and less expensive alternative to surgical biopsy.
For more information about Clinch Valley Health's Imaging Services, call 276.596.6137.