Advanced mammography technology comes to Aspirus

IRON RIVER—Aspirus Iron River Hospital has announced that 3D mammography technology is now being offered to patients.
    Using advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, these exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while also decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.
    In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed, and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks.
    This advanced technology takes multiple images of the breast, all at different angles. The images are brought together to create a clear 3D reconstruction of the breast. The radiologist reviews this reconstruction, one slide at a time. This makes it easier for physicians to see if there is anything to be concerned about.
    “About 40 percent of women in the United States have breast tissue that makes it difficult to see cancerous tumors,” said Aspirus Iron River radiologist, Dr. John Maesaka. “This new, 3D technology significantly improves cancer detection for these cases – it’s another great example of enhanced improvement to healthcare and improved care to our communities.”
    As a way to support this effort and show a commitment to our communities, the Aspirus Iron Area Health Foundation raised nearly $90,000 for the procurement of this advanced technology.
    “Aspirus Iron River Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer,” said Aspirus Community Relations and Marketing Manager Abby Miller. “In offering this technology, Aspirus Iron River Hospital provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening.”
    Since there are some insurance coverage variances in regard to 3D mammography, patients are encouraged to call their insurance company to verify coverage options.