For women seeking a convenient location for their annual mammography screening, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital radiology services offers Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams at two convenient locations – 220 Kennedy Drive in Torrington and Hungerford Emergency & Medical Care at 115 Spencer Street in Winsted.
Digital 3D mammography from CHH utilizes advanced breast tomosynthesis technology that is clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers and decrease the number of women asked to return for additional testing. These screenings are best suited for pre-menopausal women and those with dense breasts.
“Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. Offering 3D exams is yet another tool that we utilize to provide the most accurate breast cancer screenings and superior care to our patients.” said Trina Thompson, MHA, RT(R) (M)(CT), Clinical Manager, CHH Radiology.
A 3D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect. During 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 3D exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than the previous conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.
According to Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health and developer of 3D Mammography, researchers have found that a 3D exam finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%. The exam is also seen to reduce call backs by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.
The CHH Mammography Center is a certified Pink Ribbon Facility; a distinction awarded only to an elite group of healthcare facilities, and is committed to the fight against breast cancer by offering the latest in imaging quality and comfort technology. The center is also a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and accredited in stereotactic breast biopsy and ultrasound by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
“We are very proud of our staff. They possess the knowledge, skill level, and compassion that makes the difference. They truly pride themselves in the relationships they have developed with both patients and doctors.” said Patty Sullivan-Polletta, Administrative Director, CHH Ancillary Services.
The caregivers at CHH Mammography want women in the northwest corner to remember that early breast cancer detection saves lives, and to have their annual mammogram. If you’re age 40 or older, schedule your screening and get next day results from our friendly local staff of caregivers. Eligible uninsured and underinsured women with high deductibles may qualify for a free mammogram through the Hospital’s Early Detection program.
If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about screenings or funding assistance, call (860) 496-6860. Convenient office hours including later on Tuesdays at both locations and Saturday mornings at the Winsted location are available.