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3D mammography now available at both CharterCARE hospitals

Women who undergo routine mammograms at both Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital now have the latest diagnostic technology available to them -- 3D mammography. Both affiliated hospitals of CharterCARE Health Partners are now offering 3D Mammography exams. These exams utilize advanced breast tomosynthesis technology clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

The technology was developed by Hologic, Inc., which touts its “Genius 3D Mammography” exams as offering superior clinical performance proven to benefit women of all breast densities, as compared to 2D mammography.

“We are excited to add this advanced technology to improve detection and treatment of breast cancer,” said John J. Holiver, CEO of CharterCARE Health Partners. “Our health system is home to some of the most advanced cancer services in the region and 3D mammography is the latest tool we will now utilize to fight breast cancer.”

In conventional 2D Mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-dimensional portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

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CharterCARE’s hospitals combine to offer a complete range of diagnostic, surgical, and treatment options for breast cancer. In 2016, the Breast Health Program at Roger Williams received full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Accreditation is granted only to those centers that undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of performance and compliance with 28 evidence-based standards of care covering 17 components of care. The program is led by surgeon Dr. R. James Koness, Director, Breast Health Program.

Fatima Hospital is home to a dedicated breast care program at the Alice C. Viola Breast Care Center. Our philosophy is simple: provide access to experts utilizing the latest technology so you get all the support you need under one roof. That support extends well beyond any medical care you may receive; our team is known for its compassionate delivery of care, focused on each patient’s individual needs and preferences.

To arrange for a mammography at Roger Williams, call 401-456-5701. For the same service at Fatima Hospital, please call 401-456-3507.

Pictured below on the left with the new mammography equipment at Roger Williams are staffers Jill Colando RT(R)(CT)(M) and Lee Papa, RT (R).

In the picture on the right, Fatima staffers Elizabeth Bertrand, Christina Deery, RT (R) (M) (CT), and Margaret Holt, RT (R) (M) are pictured with the new mammography equipment at their hospital.