BOLIVIA, N.C., Aug. 6, 2019 – Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center has added its second 3D mammography machine which will be available for mammography appointments Monday through Saturday. In addition, the new machine allows radiologists and general surgeons the chance to perform stereotactic breast biopsies.
The American College of Radiology recommends breast screening for women begin at age 40, possibly earlier for those at high risk. 3D 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 3D 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 3D mammogram is right for them.
The new mammography machine will also allow the hospital’s radiologists and general surgeons with Novant Health Surgical Associates to perform stereotactic breast biopsies in-house. Stereotactic breast biopsies use mammography to help locate any breast abnormalities and remove a tissue sample for examination. It’s less invasive than surgical biopsy and leaves little to no scarring.
“We are excited to add another 3D mammography machine at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to better meet the community’s needs,” said Robin Ashmore, manager of radiology at Brunswick Medical Center. “This technology helps us accurately detect cases of breast cancer and now we will have more capacity to perform 3D mammograms.”
3D mammograms are covered by most insurance companies. As a not-for-profit organization, Novant Health is able to offer support for patients who are uninsured or underinsured through grant dollars and generous donations. Earlier this year, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation was awarded a $29,900 grant from Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (Komen NCTC).
To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, call 910-721-1485 or visit NovantHealth.org/GoPink.
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Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,600 physicians and over 28,000 employees that provide care at over 640 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2019, Forbes ranked the organization first in North Carolina and 38th nationally on its 2019 Best Employers for Diversity list. Novant Health provided more than $883 million in community benefit, including financial assistance and services, in 2018.