Jefferson Community Health & Life now offering state of the art 3-D Mammography testing

FAIRBURY – Jefferson Community Health & Life in Fairbury announced Wednesday that they’ll now offer Genius 3-D Mammography exams, developed by Hologic, Inc. – a worldwide leader in women’s health.

Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams have been clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, and also decrease the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

In addition, the new mammography equipment features Hologic’s “SmartCurve” system – a proprietary curved surface that mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and allow better distribution of force over the entire breast.

In a recent clinical study comparing the SmartCurve breast stabilization system to traditional flat paddle compression, the SmartCurve system improved comfort in 93 percent of women who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression.

JCH&L says 95 percent of those surveyed would recommend facilities that use the SmartCurve system.

“Our board of directions, medical providers and staff are all committed to inspiring healthy living by providing exceptional health and life services,” JCH&L CEO Chad Jurgens said. “3-D Mammography was the next step for us to provide the best in breast health for our area residents.”

In conventional 2-D Mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks.

A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2-D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosunthesis DIMENSIONAL portion of the scan, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time.

A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2-D screening exam.

Women’s Health Days are a convenient way for women to get their annual physical exam, screening mammogram, and lab tests, in addition to pampering and free breakfast.

They are scheduled on select Tuesdays and Thursdays each month. All major insurance plans are accepted. The next JCH&L Women’s Health Day is slated for June 25.

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