Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester to Add 3D Mammography Services

November 14, 2019

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester announced at its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month event, Cheers for the Girls, a plan for the addition of 3D mammography services to its Women’s Health Center in January 2020. The advanced technology of the GE Senographe Pristina Mammography System will capture images of the breast from multiple angles to ensure a more complete and accurate scan. This allows for earlier and more effective detection of breast cancer and helps reduce the number of return visits caused by false positives.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this state-of-the-art technology and further enhance the high quality care we provide to the women in the communities we serve” says Cliff Wilson, CEO at STRHS-Winchester/Sewanee. “Our 3D mammography service will help make it possible to detect breast cancer in earlier stages so that treatment can begin sooner, giving our patients a greater chance of beating the disease.”

A 3D mammogram, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) or “tomo,” is a type of digital mammography that follows the same basic procedure of standard 2D digital mammography. This advanced procedure requires no additional breast compression and lasts just a few seconds longer than standard 2D digital mammography.  The GE Senographe Pristina Mammography System was designed to ease anxiety when the patient enters the room and to ensure comfort during the mammogram.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Regular mammogram screenings are recommended for women age 40 and above as an essential tool for early detection and the fight against breast cancer.

Mammograms can be scheduled at STRHS-Winchester by calling (931) 967-8258.