UP Health System-Marquette gets 3-D mammography

Amy Racine, left, is a breast imaging registered nurse, and Heidi Henry, MD is a board-certified breast imaging radiologist at UP Health System-Marquette. (Photo courtesy of UP Health System-Marquette)

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette recently announced an expansion of services to include 3-D mammography — also known as digital breast tomosynthesis.

“This cutting-edge technology reveals greater detail, which can help us detect cancer sooner,” Dr. Heidi Henry, board-certified radiologist at UP Health System-Marquette, said in a hospital press release. “This new service helps us see the cancer much more clearly than in a regular mammogram. Early detection of breast cancer can save lives, and we believe it is important to provide the best options in health care to residents of the Upper Peninsula.”

3-D mammography is an advanced technology — approved by the Food and Drug Administration — that takes multiple images of breast tissue. Images are displayed as a series of thin slices that can be viewed by radiologists as individual images or in a dynamic interactive animation. The exam is performed on state-of-the-art digital equipment, which is able to obtain multiple low-dose images of a compressed breast from different angles. These images are then viewed individually and dynamically. Radiologists are able to view breast tissue layer by layer, one millimeter at a time, similar to a CT scan, which helps to distinguish normal breast tissue from abnormal breast tissue.

Information from these additional views leads to fewer callbacks and less anxiety for women, according to the release.

Hospital officials said 3-D mammography complements standard 2-D mammography. No additional breast compression is required and it only takes a few more seconds than a traditional mammogram, the release states. The experience is very similar to mammograms patients may have had in the past, while providing a substantially more detailed image.

UP Health System-Marquette recently announced the implementation of its state-of-the-art 3-D mammography machine, a GE Pristina with 3-D tomosynthesis capability, which was made possible by a $320,000 capital investment from LifePoint Health. (Photo courtesy of UP Health System-Marquette)

The state-of-the-art 3-D mammography machine is a GE Pristina with 3-D tomosynthesis capability, which was made possible by a $320,000 capital investment from LifePoint Health.

Mammograms at UP Health System-Marquette can be scheduled by talking to your primary care provider.

UP Health System-Marquette is a federally-designated regional referral center for the Upper Peninsula, and a level II trauma center, as verified by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma.

The hospital’s cancer care program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and is the only accredited cancer program in the U.P., according to the release.