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3-D mammograms available at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center

BOLIVIA, N.C. – Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is now offering 3-D mammograms to patients in Brunswick County and the surrounding areas.

The American College of Radiology recommends breast screening for women begin at age 40, possibly earlier for those at high risk. 3-D mammography is a screening tool that complements standard two-dimensional mammography. It is performed at the same time with the same system and offers better visualization for radiologists, which can result in fewer callbacks and less anxiety for the patient. No additional compression is required, and radiation exposure is minimal. A 3-D mammogram is often recommended for women with dense breasts or a family history of breast cancer. Patients should talk to their provider to see if a 3-D mammogram is right for them.

“We are excited to offer 3-D mammograms to patients in our community,” said Dr. Adam Braithwaite, director of breast imaging at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. “This new technology allows us to have better visibility and more accurately detect cases of breast cancer. 3-D mammograms have been shown to detect 40 percent more cancer cases than the standard mammogram.”

3-D mammograms are covered by most insurance companies. For uninsured patients or those whose insurance does not cover 3-D mammograms, the screening fee is $55. Novant Health also has grant dollars that will support screenings for those without insurance.

To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, call 910-721-1485 or visit NovantHealth.org/GoPink.

Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017