A new technology at Island Hospital is combining less radiation with a better picture to give women the highest quality of mammogram available, said Ray Ould, head of diagnostic imaging at the hospital.
The 3-D tomosynthesis at Skagit Radiology, which has a location at the hospital, is a way to take a 3D photo of breast tissue, making it easier for doctors to detect early signs of breast cancer. Patients started using the machine for the first time last week.
Not only does it allow for increased detection of breast cancer, this technology means fewer callbacks for benign tissue and more rapid and accurate localization of abnormalities, Dr. Christopher Johansen told hospital commissioners last week.
“This is the highest level of breast cancer screening we can offer our patients,” he said.
Island Hospital is the first place in Skagit County to implement this technology, he said.
Skagit Radiology contracts with the hospital to provide services, but all the equipment was purchased by the hospital. While there is always a radiologist on site, Skagit Radiology has doctors who specialize in different areas. So images from the new machine are all sent to Johansen with…