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3-D mammography

In July 2015, SCH started offering 3-D mammography with Genius 3-D Mammography™ technology, also known as the Hologic Selenia Dimensions 3-D System. SCH is one of 1,100 healthcare organizations in the United States and the only one in the Yakima Valley to have this innovative system.

Genius 3-D Mammography™ detects 41 percent more invasive breast cancers than traditional mammography. It is also 40 percent less likely to report a cancer when none actually exists (called a false positive).

"Our community will benefit from the latest technologic advance to detect cancer earlier and more accurately without having to travel outside of the area," said David Shoemaker, MD, SCH Interventional Radiologist.

SCH Radiology Department Manager Coleen Goulet and her radiology team are dedicated to ensuring that all women in the area have an opportunity to receive this care. The entire SCH Radiology team is trained in interpreting 3-D mammography through Hologic®, and SCH is currently certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Mammography Quality Standards Act in 3-D mammography.

"[The 3-D mammography offers] earlier detection of small breast cancers that can be hidden by overlying tissue in traditional mammography," Goulet said. "We are excited to be a main contributor to early detection in the valley."

Almost 8 million women have benefited from Genius 3-D mammography™, and it is the first and only clinically superior 3-D mammography approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Bringing this technology to the Yakima Valley will benefit hundreds of women and their families for years to come.

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For more information about Genius 3-D Mammography™, please visit or contact the SCH Radiology Department at 509.837.1760.

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