HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This year, The Breast Center at Hattiesburg Clinic is celebrating 30 years of service to the Pine Belt area.
When the clinic opened in January of 1985, they were serving approximately 10 patients a day with one analog mammography unit and one ultrasound unit. Today, The Breast Center averages 135 patients a day with four 3D mammography units, two ultrasound units, one stereo biopsy unit, one dedicated breast MRI unit and one bone density unit. Since then and now, along with the achievements made in research and technology, The Breast Center has received several awards and recognitions that include Breast Center of Excellence, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Intersocietal Commission forthe Accreditationn of Magnetic Resonance Laboratories.
"When we first opened this facility, we wanted to ensure that patients in the Pine Belt area had access to the most advanced technology available for detecting breast cancer," says William A. Whitehead, MD, general surgeon with Hattiesburg Clinic. "Thirty years later, we are still committed to that same goal."
Over the past 30 years, The Breast Center has continued to expand its services while technology in detecting breast cancer has advanced. The most recent advancement is 3D mammography, an exam that provides amore detailedd view of the breasts for breast cancer detection.
Created especially for patients' with dense breasts, 3D mammography offers excellent image quality that allows for a clearer image of breast cancer. Patients with dense breasts are often called back for additional mammogram views and/or ultrasound of the breast. By requesting a 3D mammogram at your first visit, you can often negate the need for additional mammogram views, providing you with a more thorough evaluation.
According to scholarly journals, 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive cancers and reduces the likelihood ofreceiving unnecessaryy recalls. An advancement to technology and cancer detection, tomosynthesis has increased the discovery of all breast cancers by 29 percent.
"Having used breast tomosynthesis for two years in my practice, I have seen firsthand the benefits of this new technology," says Steven M. Murphey, MD, a radiologist for The Breast Center. "Also, known as 3D mammography, tomosynthesis allows us to look through the layers of the breast. This is particularly useful in patients with dense breast tissue, enabling visualization of lesions that would otherwise be hidden or obscured on routine mammograms."