NHS Sequoyah Upgrades to Latest Mammography Technology

Northeastern Health System Sequoyah now offers 3D mammography, the latest in mammography technology. The new 3D Mammography System, recently installed at the NHS Sequoyah Imaging Center, 213 E. Redwood Ave., Sallisaw, is the first offered in the area and is FDA-approved as superior for women with dense breasts. It is called the most accurate exam available and detects cancer earlier than traditional 2D units.

“The 3D process is painless and no different from the traditional 2D exam except for the use of the imaging technology,” said Andrea Weber, NHS Sallisaw Radiology Director. “I would highly recommend it. It gives the doctors a clearer picture, which results in less call-backs for further imaging, which, in turn reduces the patient’s exposure to radiation. If there is something in there, they are going to see it. You have a better chance of being detected.”

3D imaging differs from 2D imagery in that it takes 9 images of breast tissue that can be subdivided into many layers. This image layering allows the radiologist to zero in for a closer look at suspicious spots instead of viewing one flat image that, previously, could result in a patient having to be called back in for additional testing.

The GE 3D equipment has been proven 30-60 percent more effective in detecting breast cancer, and while 2D mammograms are still being offered, more insurances are covering the 3D option.

In 2017, Northeastern Health System Tahlequah partnered with Sequoyah Memorial Hospital. This partnership is bringing significant enhancements and new services offered to the Sallisaw community, such as the 3D mammography system.

“With this 3D technology, we can see breast tissue much more clearly and detect cancers that are much smaller and at an earlier stage,” said Daniel Hannon, NHS Tahlequah Radiology Director. “Earlier detection of breast cancer means greater survival rates for patients.”

The exam takes almost a minute longer than a 2D scan and its radiation level, which is no different than the 2D mammogram, is under FDA limits and deemed safe.

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 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.

It is recommended that women 40 and older receive a yearly mammogram. Patients will need an order from their primary care provider. To schedule a 3D mammogram with NHS Sequoyah, call (918) 774-1100.

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