Thornton, CO, February 02, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- North Suburban Medical Center formally celebrated the launch of its 3D tomosynthesis mammography program with a ceremonial ribbon cutting event held on January 30, 2019. The equipment was purchased in late November 2018.
Traditional mammography takes images from the top and side of a breast, creating 2D images. Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, takes images in multiple planes and angles that capture clearer and more precise images. This detail and higher resolution allows medical professionals to identify problems that may not be apparent in 2D mammograms and higher density breast tissue.
“While 3D mammography provides images with clearer resolution than 2D images, patients are surprised to learn that there really isn’t much difference in how the exam is performed,” said Pat Clement, supervisor of the Breast Center at North Suburban. “The difference is not in how the images are taken, but in the results that the 3D tomosynthesis provides – we can detect breast cancers that lie deep in the breast tissues and provide a far better option for women with dense breasts.”
Since implementing the new tomosynthesis technology, North Suburban Medical Center has provided more than 400 exams and has reduced “call backs” to patients. Following a screening mammogram, a patient may be “called back” for additional imaging called a diagnostic mammogram to further evaluate suspicious breast tissue.
“These call-back diagnostic mammograms have decreased because we are seeing more detail during the screening exam. Call backs may now only lead to an ultrasound,” said Michell Lewis, director of imaging and cardiovascular services at North Suburban. “It’s incredibly frustrating for a person to have to come back multiple times, but tomosynthesis technology provides such detail the first time, we have been able to greatly reduce these instances.”
North Suburban’s addition of the service provides people living in the north Denver metro areas such as Thornton, Westminster, Federal Heights and Northglenn with access to the technology locally.
“We always strive to meet the needs of our community and tomosynthesis is yet another service we’ve added in 2019. Tomo is cutting edge and our patients deserve to have access to the latest technology. Our patients can get faster results and get back to life,” said Daphne David, president and CEO of North Suburban Medical Center.
North Suburban provides mammograms at their Outpatient Imaging Center at 9195 Grant Street, Suite 304, Thornton, CO 80229. People interested in scheduled a 3D tomosynthesis mammogram with North Suburban can call and schedule at 303-457-7777.
About North Suburban Medical Center
North Suburban Medical Center is the highest-quality hospital in north Denver. As a member of the HealthONE family of hospitals, North Suburban is one of just two hospitals in the state of Colorado to be named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures each of the last five years. In addition, North Suburban is the only hospital in north Denver to receive an “A” rating on the Leapfrog Group’s biannual patient safety ratings the last nine surveys. North Suburban has been honored by the Women’s Choice Awards as one of America’s Best ERs and one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety. Licensed for 157 beds, North Suburban is located in Thornton, Colorado, a 10-minute drive from downtown Denver.
HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 10,000 employees. As part of the HealthONE system of care, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care. In addition, our family of services includes seven hospital free-standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, CareNow urgent care and occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region. And, as one of the top ten corporate philanthropists in the metro area, HealthONE contributed more than $1.5 million in 2016 and supports over 150 organizations through cash and in-kind donations.