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3D mammography improves detection


October 31, 2019

Kim E. Strom/Daily Globe

Samantha Schneller, lead mammographer, left, demonstrates on Kailey Korpi how mammographies are performed with the new 3-D mammography machine at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital Wednesday. The new technology has a 41% increase in detecting invasive breast cancers over 2-D technology and is now available locally.


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IRONWOOD - All mammographies help detect breast cancer before it is big enough to feel and before symptoms are obvious, but the benefits of having a 3-dimensional mammography as opposed to having a 2-D image taken of the breast is a lot like having a CAT scan as opposed to an X-ray, said Aspirus Ironwood staff radiologist Dr. John Pietila, Wednesday in an interview with the Daily Globe.

The technology is fairly new to Aspirus Ironwood with the hospital having acquired the machine in March of this year. "It is becoming the standard of care in most h...

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