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Bringing 3D mammography to patients in Canby that offers better cancer detection

Providence Foundations along with a number of community partners raised $325,000 to bring 3D mammography services to Clackamas County at the Providence Canby Medical Plaza. They began their fundraising in 2013 and recently celebrated bringing 3D mammography to the county.

Providence serves the largest volume of patients in the county, and will reset the standard to 3D mammography. The new machine was unveiled on Aug. 14 and was blessed. Providence leaders, the mammography staff and donors and Canby Rodeo Directors were in attendance. It's located at the Providence Canby Medical Plaza, 200 S SE Hazel Dell Way in Canby.

This test, also known as tomosynthesis, is a new 3D tool allowing clearer and more detailed evaluation of breast tissue compared with the current 2D digital technique. The quality of the 3D image is very detailed, which can help improve cancer detection rates and decrease call back rates. Radiologists will be able to detect small cancers earlier, have greater accuracy in identifying the size, shape and location of any abnormalities and order fewer unnecessary biopsies and tests.

The new technology offers a 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers, a 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers and a 15 percent decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.


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