St. Joseph Hospital now offering 3-D mammography at its Lake Avenue Imaging site
Breast cancer screening standards changing to give patients more say
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Monday, July 10, 2017) – To make advanced care and convenience more readily available, St. Joseph Hospital has added 3-D digital mammography to its list of diagnostic services available at Lake Avenue Imaging, 2520 Lake Ave. As a result, Lake Avenue Imaging now provides full-field digital mammography screening, diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, and ultrasound guided breast biopsies.
Performed in conjunction with 2-D mammography, breast tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography, is an advanced screening and diagnostic tool designed to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. Breast tomosynthesis builds a 3-D mammogram by converting digital breast images into a stack of extremely thin slices.
“3-D mammography is becoming the standard of care because it provides so much more information, which in turn helps to avoid unnecessary call backs,” said Sarah Turner, MD, Lutheran Health Physicians. “Having 3-D mammography makes it easier than ever to receive clearer images, particularly for dense breast tissue, and more accurate results overall.”
Tomosynthesis finds 40 percent more invasive cancers than those missed with conventional 2-D mammography and it reduces the need for a follow-up mammogram by up to 40 percent. Breast tomosynthesis allows radiologists to see breast tissue as never before—one millimeter at a time.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released new guidelines in late June suggesting physicians need to consider patient preference for women in their 40s who are at average risk for breast cancer when deciding screening frequency for each unique patient. ACOG recommends women talk with their healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of mammography before starting regular screenings.
Previously, ACOG recommended annual mammograms starting at age 40.
Turner’s office at 2622 Lake Ave. is located adjacent to Lake Avenue Imaging. Other specialized services offered at the Lake Avenue offices of Lutheran Health Physicians include cardiology, family medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine and pediatrics. Laboratory services are also available.
LHN imaging locations with 3-D mammography include:
Lake Avenue Imaging
2520 Lake Ave.
Call (260) 425-2700 to schedule an appointment.
Call (260) 435-6810 for more information.
Hours of operation: Mon.-Tue., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Center for Breast Health
2510 East Dupont Road
Call (260) 416-3006 to schedule an appointment.
Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dual breast MRI is available.
Kosciusko Community Hospital
Women's Imaging Center
2101 East DuBois Drive
Warsaw, IN 46580
Call (574) 372-7601 to schedule an appointment.
Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Women's Imaging Suite
Medical Office Building One
7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 103
Call (260) 435-7377 to schedule an appointment.
Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After 5 p.m. appointments are available.
Board certified in family medicine, Turner is a member of the American Association of Family Physicians. Advanced training allows her to provide services in high-risk and surgical obstetrics, substance abuse in pregnancy, high-risk neonatal care and women’s health.
As an internationally board-certified lactation consultant, she also has a special interest in breastfeeding. She regularly performs a range of in-office gynecologic procedures and has surgical privileges to perform cesarean sections and tubal ligations.
For more information about Turner or other Lutheran Health Physicians providers, go to LutheranHealth.net/physician-finder.
For more information about imaging services available through Lutheran Health Network, visit LutheranHealth.net/imaging-services.