Lower-dose 3-D mammography is here in the L-C Valley

CLARKSTON, WA - A new piece of 3-D technology has been proven to increase breast cancer detection accuracy by 25%.

For a long time, getting a 3-D mammogram meant you needed to leave the L-C Valley, but not anymore.

Tri-State Memorial Hospital has invested in the region's first ever 3-D mammography machine. Tri-State Doctor John Mannschreck said the new addition means increased accuracy, a higher level of comfort for women getting the procedure done, and fewer callbacks.

"The tube moves in an arc which allows the machine to create tiny thin section images through the breast, as opposed to taking one x-ray through the whole breast," said Diagnostic Radiology Doctor, John Mannschreck. "Ultra low dose, slightly lower dose than a conventional mammogram. And taking those thinner sections allows the radiologist to separate the tissues out more accurately."

"This actually was a new item that wasn't even budgeted this year," said Tri-State Foundation Vice President, Polly Knelsen. "And we heard from our radiology director about the great need and what it would do for our community and our valley. And the foundation heard that two months ago and said 'yes' we want to help with this financially."

Through selling old equipment and negotiations, the non-profit foundation and the hospital were able to split the bill for this
state-of-the-art piece of equipment.

An open house will be held in the Women Imaging Center tomorrow (Tuesday) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. All women are invited to see and learn about the 3-D mammography machine.