Mammography still offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital


3D mammography offered at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to offer state-of the art 3D mammography. The advanced breast tomosynthesis technology installed less than two years ago provides exams that are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. Due to a shortage of radiologists at Gundersen in La Crosse, mammograms that need further follow-up are now being referred to a facility of the patient’s choice. Hospital officials are hopeful when more radiologists are recruited to the Gundersen facility that Veterans Memorial Hospital will again be able to provide these follow-up images. Until that time, all initial, annual mammograms will continue to be offered locally on the new 3D system at VMH. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to offer state-of the art 3D mammography. The advanced breast tomosynthesis technology installed less than two years ago provides exams that are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

At times, some patients do need to return for a follow-up mammogram in the case something suspicious is found in the original mammogram. Gundersen radiologists read all of the mammograms and X-rays produced at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Due to a shortage of radiologists at Gundersen, mammograms that need further follow-up are now being referred onto a facility of the patient’s choice. Hospital officials are hopeful when more radiologists are recruited to the Gundersen facility that Veterans Memorial Hospital will again be able to provide these follow-up images.

In the meantime, Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to offer annual routine mammography with their state-of-the art 3D system.

“Veterans Memorial Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer,” explains Amanda Leiran, RT, (R)(M)(CT)(BD), Supervisor of the Radiology Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital. “In offering the 3D mammography, VMH provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening.  We are the first facility to offer 3D mammography in northeast Iowa and we feel so lucky to have such advanced imaging technology right here at home, in our community.”

To schedule a mammogram, or for any questions relating to mammography, contact the Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiology Department at 563-568-3411.
 

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