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The Saint John Women’s Imaging Center proudly announces FDA approval to now provide 3-D mammography with its state-of-the-art MAMMOMAT® Inspiration PRIME . This type of mammogram generates a more accurate and detailed image of the breast, ensuring a more precise screening for breast abnormalities. This is the first and only location where women can receive a 3-D mammogram in the Leavenworth and Lansing community.

The 3-D mammogram is done in a pleasant, soothing exam environment for patients while minimizing radiation and providing physicians with essential diagnostic information. The MAMMOMAT® Inspiration PRIME from Siemens Healthcare captures breast images with an X-ray detector that converts images into a digital picture that can be displayed immediately on the system’s computer monitor.

“We are so excited to provide this state-of-the-art mammography technology to the Leavenworth community,” said Jodi Fincher, R.N., Saint John chief nursing officer/administrator. “Women who would benefit from screenings with this 3-D technology have been referred by their physician to diagnostic centers miles away. Located in our new Saint John Pavilion, easily accessible off the 4th Street corridor; there is no reason to travel anywhere else to receive a mammogram.”

Unlike film, digital mammograms allow physicians to manipulate image characteristics such as magnification, orientation, brightness and contrast, which improve the ability to view specific areas of the breast. With the MAMMOMAT Inspiration PRIME system, results are produced more quickly, helping to decrease anxiety for patients.

In addition to its remarkable technology, one of this system’s most unique features is the MoodLight that provides a more soothing, comfortable environment for patients getting mammograms. The color of the lighting can change throughout the day to various soft pastel shades or stay just one color that best matches the environment. To help minimize the patient’radiation dose and exposure time during a mammogram, the Inspiration automatically selects the appropriate dose for individual patient’s breast characteristics. To help further ensure patient comfort, the Inspiration applies compression only as long as the patient’s breast is soft and pliable.

*One in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year in America, which is the most common form of cancer in women. Mammography can help detect breast tumors at their earliest, most treatable stages.

The Center also offers bone density screening and ultrasound services. For more information or to schedule a mammogram call 913-680-6260.