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CRMC to hold Open House for new 3D Mammography Equipment

December 27, 2013

Women who undergo routine mammograms at Coffee Regional Medical Center now have the latest screening and diagnostic technology available to them.  Through the efforts of the CRMC Foundation and the generosity of our donors, Coffee Regional has acquired the Selenia Dimensions 3D Mammography unit made by Hologic.   

“We’re thrilled to be one of only a few in Georgia and the only facility in our region that offers 3D mammography technology, known as tomosynthesis, to our patients,” stated Tammie Reyes, Director of CRMC Imaging Services.  In celebration, CRMC will be hosting a Mammography Open House Thursday, January 9th at 2:00 p.m.  The community is invited to tour the facility and see first-hand the benefits of the new 3D mammography.  Please stop by and meet the staff at their new location:  CRMC Outpatient/Imaging Lab located at 190D Westside Drive.  Refreshments will be served.

By offering women the latest technology in mammography, Coffee Regional expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, exceeded only by lung cancer.  Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.  The state at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. 

 Tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, allows radiologists to better identify and characterize individual breast structures.  Using 3D mammography, radiologists can scroll through the layers of the breast in one-millimeter increments, rather than viewing all layers of tissue superimposed.  This layer-by-layer approach removes overlapping breast tissue, which can hide lesions and allows radiologists to view a mammogram in a way never before possible.   

 The 3D digital imaging takes 10 seconds and finds 40% more invasive breast cancers than traditional 2D mammography alone.  It improves radiologists’ ability to detect potential breast cancers and can help them distinguish harmless abnormalities from real tumors.  This means fewer biopsies, fewer false positives, and less additional diagnostic work for many women. 

 Bringing 3D Mammography to Coffee Regional is the current project of the CRMC Foundation, which has committed to raise the $500,000 needed to purchase the equipment.  In a year’s time, they are over half way there!  Because of the confidence that our community will continue to support the Foundation in reaching its goal, the CRMC Board of Directors and Administrators approved the purchase of the 3D Mammography equipment so that women in our community would have quicker access to this revolutionary technology.   The Foundation is grateful for all contributions already given and looks forward to continued support to complete the funding necessary to finalize their pledge.  For more information about the CRMC Foundation and 3D Ma