Jasper Hospital District has made it possible for women to have access to Genius 3D mammography for breast cancer screening. The service is now being provided at the Women’s Center at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial. Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that is far more accurate in detecting breast cancer earlier than any other mammogram.
Jasper Hospital District has been a recognized leader in bringing the latest innovations in health care to Jasper County. In 2012, the renovated and upgraded emergency department opened at Jasper Memorial because of the Hospital District’s ongoing support.
“The Jasper Hospital District in cooperation with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial is pleased to bring 3D Mammography to Jasper. This state-of-the-art technology continues the success of the relationship between the Jasper Hospital District and CHRISTUS Southeast Texas,” said hospital district chairman, Charlie Nicholson.
Genius 3D mammography works by capturing multiple slices (images) of the breast from several angles, creating a layered 3D breast image. Radiologists are then able to review the breast, one thin slice at a time, almost like turning pages in a book, which helps them make a more accurate diagnosis. Unlike 2D traditional mammography where doctors can only see the front cover of a book, thus viewing a flat image, Genius 3D mammography allows for more detail to be seen in the complexities of the breast tissue.
“This technology finds significantly more invasive cancers than a traditional mammogram. It has also shown to reduce the number of women called back for unnecessary exams due to false positives. That reduces anxiety, as well as health care costs,” said Sergy Lemeshko, MD, PhD, Radiologist with Breast Imaging Fellowship Training and a staff physician at Jasper Memorial.
Lance Beus, Administrator for CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial, said, “The inclusion of the Genius 3D mammography technology is a giant leap forward for the families in the Jasper region. Bringing this innovation here is in large part the result of the support from the Jasper Hospital District coupled with the latest research in disease detection. CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial will utilize this new equipment in combination with advanced services such as patient navigation to achieve early detection and the best outcome for our area’s mothers, sisters, wives and daughters.”
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.
The 3D technology now available at the Jasper Memorial Women’s Center can find many cancers before conventional mammography, leading to earlier detection and logically higher cure rates.
For early breast cancer detection, an annual mammography is recommended by the American Cancer Society for women 40 and over. In addition, ACS recommends a monthly breast self-exam by women beginning their 20s and a clinical breast exam by a health professional annually for women over 40 and every three years for women in their 20s and 30s.
CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial is committed to the fight against breast cancer. To schedule a mammogram, please call 409-899-7500.