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2015-01-29

3-D Breast Imaging comes to New Braunfels

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CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels (CSRH-NB) will be the first health care facility in the community to offer high-tech, 3-Dimensional breast imaging for its mammography patients.
The process is called "Tomosynthesis," which takes pictures revealing the inner breast in 3-Dimensional, millimeter slices - not unlike looking at slices of a loaf of bread.
"It's going to become the standard of care. Studies show this technology reveals 40 percent more cancers, and finding them earlier makes treatments more successful," said CSRH-NB Director of Radiology Ree Habeeb.
Besides the 3-D technology, the machine is capable of stereotactic breast biopsies - which provide pinpoint accuracy in examining lumps and masses within the breast tissue.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels performs more than 6,500 mammography screenings each year. The hospital invested more than half a million dollars in Tomosynthesis equipment and software, and FDA approval of the procedure is expected within a month.
"This technology helps reduce unnecessary biopsies and can lead to faster treatments for cancers," said Jim Wesson, FACHE, president and administrator of CSRH-NB.
"We were the first to introduce digital mammography to the New Braunfels area in 2002. With the introduction of Tomosynthesis, we continue to provide proven, progressive, comprehensive care for women," said Wesson.
To learn more about 3-D Mammography, visit www.christussantarosa.org/newbraunfels.