Northwest Medical Center announced the grand opening of its newly upgraded mammography suite during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The private suite features a sleek design with a private bathroom, and is outfitted with the latest advanced 3D mammogram technology (also known as digital breast tomosynthesis).

A 3D mammogram is a low-dose diagnostic imaging procedure, which allows X-ray images of the breast to be captured from various angles and later combined to create a more comprehensive three-dimensional image of the breast. This innovative technology allows mammogram technicians and radiologists to look at the breast in “slices,” improving chances of detecting breast cancer while also reducing the likelihood of recalls for follow-up testing.

“3D mammography is the future of preventative breast health and we are excited to officially offer this service to our patients at Northwest,” said Kenneth Jones, chief executive officer at Northwest Medical Center. “Our newly renovated private mammography suite provides a comfortable and calm environment, helping us deliver an even better care experience for our patients. And this advanced technology will empower us to detect more cancers earlier, giving our patients their best chance at successful treatment and sometimes reducing the need for redundant imaging procedures.”

With the addition of this 3D mammography service offering, Northwest also welcomes a new fellowship-trained mammographer to its team who will be available as an on-site resource to offer further breast imaging expertise for patients.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women and on average, there is a one in eight chance that a woman will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. The organization recommends women ages 40 to 44 consider annual breast cancer screening with mammograms; women ages 45 to 54 are encouraged to get mammograms every year; women ages 55 can choose to continue annual screening or may consider reducing to once mammogram every two years.

“With incidences of breast cancer increasing annually in recent years, it has never been more important to take a proactive and preventative approach to managing breast health,” said Dr. Adam Gittleman, the chief of radiology at Northwest Medical Center. “If you meet the screening criteria, take a few minutes to schedule your mammogram and try not to delay this essential screening. Routine screening is the easiest, most effective way to detect cancer early, which can mean less invasive treatment and better outcomes.”

Once a patient obtains a prescription from a physician for a 3D mammogram, they can make an appointment by contacting (877) 331-7031. To learn more, visit NorthwestMed.com or contact our Consult-A-Nurse® hotline at (954) 601-8094.