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Regional Health brings 3D mammography to Spearfish Hospital

Nov 30, 2017 11:26AM ● By Med Editor

SPEARFISH, S.D. (11/30/17) – Regional Health Medical Clinic North 10th Street in Spearfish will soon introduce Genius 3D Mammography for patients throughout the Northern Hills. The new technology improves early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

 One in eight women will develop breast cancer, but if it’s caught early the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent. Using this three-dimensional technology, radiologists can better detect breast cancer even deep within the tissue, where it might be hidden during a traditional two-dimensional mammogram.

 “I compare 3D mammography to reading a book. With 2D, you only see the covers. With 3D you can flip through the pages and get the whole story,” said Lance Perrett, manager of Medical Imaging Services at Regional Health Spearfish Hospital.

In addition, the Genius 3D Mammography exam finds 20 to 65 percent more of the invasive breast cancers, where early detection is critical to recovery. With 3D's clarity and depth, fewer patients will have to return for second mammograms. Now, 2D images will show something suspicious or ambiguous, and follow-up mammograms are required. Patients with dense breasts, such as younger women, will have a much better chance of early detection with 3D mammography.

 Breast cancer does indeed occur in younger women. Janaye Rayman, a mammogram and ultrasound technologist at Regional Health Spearfish Hospital, knows this all too well. She was just 30 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in July.

 “I was very surprised. There’s no family history of breast cancer, and I’m a very healthy and active person,” said Janaye, a mother of two young girls. Currently undergoing chemotherapy, she is scheduled to have a mastectomy in January. 

Janaye is a big believer in early detection through 3D mammography. Better images mean that fewer patients will receive a letter calling them back for second exam – a scary prospect regardless of the outcome.

Regional Health Medical Clinic North 10th Street will begin performing 3D mammograms Jan. 5. Patients can make their own screening appointment by calling 717-8674. Report will be sent to their doctor.