Women who undergo routine mammograms at Jamestown Regional Medical Center will have the latest screening and diagnostic technology available to them starting in October.

JRMC is the first facility in North Dakota to offer 3D mammography for breast cancer screening. 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

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The center's Selenia Dimensions 3D mammography system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. 3D mammography offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ground-breaking 3D mammography platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance.

Breast cancer screening with 3D mammography when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a higher cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone. Radiologists are reporting that 3D mammography technology gives them increased confidence with a significant reduction in recall rates, according to JRMC.

During a 3D mammogram exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

By offering women the latest technology in mammography, JRMC hopes to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman's chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

JRMC is committed to the fight against breast cancer. Anyone who would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this breast health procedure, contact JRMC Radiology at 952-4852.