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New mammography machine at CHI St. Alexius Bismarck will improving breast cancer screening

3D Mammography

CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck is the latest to bring in a new 3D mammography machine, which doctors say could save lives with better imaging. The 3D images will show more detail in the breast tissue than a typical 2D mammogram. Doctors say precise imaging gives them a more accurate diagnosis on the first try.

“3D Mammography improves our ability to see small abnormal masses and to distinguish those masses from normal breast tissue. This increases our ability to detect cancers and decreases the need to call back patients for additional imaging after a screening mammogram,” said Dr. Luke Roller, a radiologist.

The North Dakota Cancer Coalition says a woman has a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer sometime during her life. Men can also develop breast cancer, but are less likely.