Pink Up Funds new 3-D Mammography Machine in Poplar Bluff

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Having access to top-notch healthcare is important, and thanks to the efforts of Pink Up™, a new 3-D mammography machine is extending care to those in Poplar Bluff and the surrounding area.

Kneibert Clinic now offers the latest screening and diagnostic technology with this machine that allows radiologists to view the breast tissue more clearly and identify abnormalities more accurately.

“We are excited that through our Pink Up efforts we are able to enrich the lives of patients throughout Poplar Bluff, Dexter and the surrounding areas,” says Jimmy Wilferth, Vice President of Saint Francis Foundation and Marketing. “It has been proven time and time again that early detection saves lives, and this machine will aid in providing patients with a more effective scan.”

The 3-D mammography machine creates a three-dimensional picture of the breast using X-rays. This is a revolutionary screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. Images are displayed as a series of thin slices, providing our physicians with a clearer view through overlapping breast tissue.

“A standard mammogram typically only takes two X-rays of each breast from different angles: top to bottom and side to side,” says Dr. Meadors, oncologist with Cape Medical Oncology. “The images are on film and can sometimes be hard to decipher if the patient has dense breast tissue. The 3-D mammogram places the pictures digitally on a computer and can better show a radiologist what is truly there.”

The new machine takes multiple X-ray pictures of each breast from many angles. The breast is positioned the same way as in a conventional mammogram, and the X-ray tube moves in an arc around the breast while 11 images are taken during a seven-second examination.

Early results with digital tomosynthesis are promising. Researchers believe this new breast imaging technique will make breast cancer easier to see in dense breast tissue and will make breast screening more comfortable.

“The Pink Up efforts go way beyond just one month of October,” says Wilferth. “It is an honor to serve those in our region, provide them the best possible care and to walk hand-in-hand with them through the best and the worst-case scenarios.”

Your dollars to Pink Up make a difference, and 100 percent is given to our patients. Donate today and continue to help in the fight against the top four cancers of our region: breast, colon, lung and prostate.