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Willamette Valley Medical Center was the first facility in Oregon to offer 3D tomosynthesis mammography. Tomosynthesis captures 3D images, and provides our patients with early detection and accurate results. According to the JAMA study, 3D breast tomosynthesis yields a 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers (p<.001) 1. We also now uses a lower dose High Definition 3D mammogram which reduces dose by 50 % and provides even sharper images.
Willamette Valley Medical Center keeps patient’s comfort in mind during imaging appointments. Every woman is provided a Mammo Pad breast cushion during their mammogram. This soft foam pad serves as a cushion between the patient and the mammography system. This allows our patients to relax knowing the machine will be warm, soft, and comfortable.
Willamette Valley Medical Center offers evaluations for women who have a new breast symptom or have had an abnormal screening mammogram. Our trained mammography staff and ultrasound staff work as a team with our radiologist to obtain breast imaging studies necessary, many times in a single visit, to help expedite care. If breast biopsies are necessary we are able to schedule those in most cases in less than a week, and we arrange any follow up appointments with our local breast surgeons to obtain those results.
Willamette Valley Medical Center also offers Breast MRI. Breast MRI can be used as a screening or diagnostic tool in breast imaging. Patients that have a lifetime risk of breast cancer greater than 20 % should consider yearly screening breast MRI. Patients with dense breast tissue are also good candidates for screening breast MRI.
Willamette Valley Medical Center also offers ultrasound guided breast biopsies, stereotactic guided breast biopsies, MRI guided breast biopsies, as well as needle localization, and sentinel node biopsies.
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