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LEWISTOWN, Pa. –  Geisinger Lewistown Hospital's Radiology Department recently introduced the 3-D mammography technology that improves early detection of breast cancer. The state-of-the-art equipment is designed to provide detailed, high-quality, 3-D images and offers patients a more comfortable mammogram experience. This service is available at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital and Geisinger Gray’s Woods.

"We are extremely excited to be able to offer this technology to our community. The 3-D mammography technology will provide a higher level of care and improve health outcomes in our local community," said Kirk Thomas, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Western Region. 

3-D mammography takes images of the breast in slices from many different angles and provides a detailed view of dense breast tissue, making it easier to detect the size, shape and location of any potential abnormalities. The technology is proven to be up to 40 percent more accurate than 2-D mammography in locating invasive cancers, as well as reducing false-positive findings and the need for additional tests.

"3-D technology enables greater diagnostic confidence for our technologist and our patients who are utilizing the service," said Nicholl Kuhns, radiology director, Geisinger Western Region. "The breakthrough improvements allows our team to conduct a more efficient exam and this further enhances the comprehensive care that we offer our patients."

More than 300,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. If not properly detected and treated in the initial stages, breast cancer can spread to other parts of the body and become potentially fatal. 

"Early detection and diagnosis are critical to surviving breast cancer," said Kuhns. "Being able to provide our patients with state-of-the-art, 3-D mammography and our best quality of care ties directly into Geisinger's true mission of caring for patients in communities that we serve."

3-D mammography is recommended every other year for all women between the ages of 35 and 50, especially those who have a family history of breast cancer or who may be at a higher risk for developing the disease. Men's risk of breast cancer is so low that mammograms are not routinely recommended for them. However, it is important to note that it is possible for men to develop breast cancer. Men should talk to their doctors if they detect a lump in their breast.

Please call 717-242-7688 to schedule a mammogram at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital and 800-230-4565 to schedule the same at Geisinger Gray’s Woods. 
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