WEBSTER, Texas – Bay Area Regional Medical Center changed the night time lights to pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness in October.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancer. About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
Bay Area Regional’s Women’s Imaging Center provides some of the latest 3D technology in the market. Digital breast tomosynthesis (tomo), also known as 3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool that improves the early detection of breast cancer.
According to Valerie Boren, RTRM, mammography technologist explains the difference between 2D and 3D mammography is like a loaf of bread. “When you use 2D mammography, it’s like compressing a loaf of bread to try to find a sesame seed in the middle.”
“We compress in two views with 2D and the image is as it is captured. You may or may not see the sesame seed in those two views; however with 3D, you are looking at the tissue, or bread loaf, slice by slice. Finding the sesame seed is easier because you are able to look deeper into the loaf or breast tissue,” said Boren.
The Women’s Imaging Center offers both 2D and 3D mammography and is located at 250 Blossom Street, suite 160. A doctor’s order is not required for a screening mammogram. To schedule an appointment call 281-525-7950.
“At Bay Area Regional Medical Center, our goal is to provide exceptional care while making a difference in people’s lives,” said Tim Schmidt, CEO of Bay Area Regional. “We will continue to meet the needs of the Houston Bay Area community by providing quality mammography services with a caring staff and spa-like atmosphere.”
Along with screening and diagnostic mammography services, The Women’s Imaging Center provides bone density screenings and breast ultrasound.