[Coffeyville, Kansas] Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is excited to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, and decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. “CRMC is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius exam, we provide a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening” says Lori Rexwinkle, CEO. “And having a Breast Health Nurse Navigator to guide our patients is an important missing piece for patients with abnormal mammograms.”
In conventional 2D 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 3D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.
A Genius 3D exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, 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 3D exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.
- The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%.
- Only the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.
- The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.
About Genius™ 3D Mammography™ Exams
The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. These structures can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a flat two-dimensional image. This confusion of overlapping of tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Using breast tomosynthesis technology, the Hologic system creates a 3-dimensional image of the breast structure, which enables radiologists to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.
The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D Mammography™ exams are now available in all 50 states and over 50 countries. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system.
BREAST HEALTH NURSE NAVIGATOR – CHRISTY McCULLOUGH, RN
It’s a new world when you are diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s why CRMC is pleased to announce the regions first Breast Health Nurse Navigator (BHNN), Christy McCullough, RN. In her new position, Christy will assist and guide women who have an abnormal mammogram to receive follow-up exams on a timely basis. She follows patients through treatment, recovery and rehabilitation planning. “I have a passion for women’s health and am excited to provide care and support to women of the region,” said McCullough. “The thought of breast cancer is scary, and I am here to help ease that stress and be here for the patient and their family members.”
For more information about our Breast Health Nurse Navigator or our Hologic Genius 3D Mammography Unit, please call Care Navigation Services at 620-252-2299. To make an appointment for your mammogram, please call 620-252-1523