Your partner in breast health has a new instrument to fight breast cancer. The latest digital mammography technology is now available at Hill Country Memorial for the community.
Fewer repeat scans (15-40% less) for additional testing, which reduces patient anxiety and costs
Improved imaging for dense breast tissue decreases the need for additional diagnostic imaging
A 40% increase in detection of invasive breast cancers
A 27% increase in detection of all breast cancers
3D technology captures images of the breast from different angles to produce a highly accurate picture. This allows radiologists to see smaller cancers with much more detail than a traditional 2D mammogram. That means more cancers found and fewer repeat scans.
40+ It’s a must! Physician referral for annual screening exam not required unless you are symptomatic.
<40 If you have symptoms or have a family history of breast cancer, see your doctor for a referral.
60+ Keep getting your annual mammograms. Age is the second greatest risk factor for getting breast cancer.
Annual well woman check-ups including a physical exam by your doctor and monthly breast self-exams are your best tools for preventing breast cancer.
Even with the best technology, it is a challenge to ensure that women get the mammograms they need. More than 5,000 women in Gillespie County alone do not get their mammograms every year.
Beginning in 2015, a new initiative will reward women who receive a mammogram with a little shopping. The PINK CARD, a card with discounts from local retailers, will be given to women as our thanks for staying healthy.
*based on patient volume
HCM holds a monthly Breast Conference of medical professionals who review every breast biopsy case done at HCM.