Allina Health Elk River Clinic began offering 3D mammograms on Jan. 31. The installation of the new advanced device is part of an Allina Health system-wide effort to provide the most effective tools available to help detect breast cancers at the earliest possible stage.
“Early detection is the best protection because finding breast cancer early improves the likelihood that treatment will be successful,” said Allina Health Elk River Clinic lead physician, Dr. Andrew Burgdorf. “Mammograms are safe and effective in detecting breast cancer in its earliest stage and with our new 3D mammography device we are providing our patients with the best possible tool to find cancers at the earliest possible stage.”
Also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, 3D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or X-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3-dimensional picture of the breast. It’s different from traditional mammography in that a traditional mammography obtains just a single image. Images from both technologies are read on a computer.
These multiple images of breast tissue slices give doctors a clearer image of the breast. It makes it easier to detect breast cancer.
Also, if patients have dense breast tissue they may benefit from having a 3D mammogram.
Allina Health makes these recommendations for screening mammography if you have an average risk for breast cancer, based on American Cancer Society guidelines:
• age 40-44: mammograms are optional
• age 45-54: have a mammogram every year
• age 55 and older: have a mammogram every year or transition to having one every two years
• continue to have mammograms as long as your health is good
If you have a higher than average risk for breast cancer, your health care provider may recommend a different schedule.
Women can be referred to the Allina Health Elk River Clinic for a 3D mammogram by their physician, or they can make an appointment directly by calling 763- 236-0500. The Allina Health Elk River Clinic is located at 14181 Business Center Drive NW, Elk River.
A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health has more than 90 clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services
Learn more at allinahealth.org.