Providing Women Convenient Care
In a life of soccer games and dance recitals, work obligations and family vacations; your annual screening mammogram often takes a back seat. Fortunately, Radiology Regional Center, a physician owned, private imaging practice here in Southwest Florida is making it easier and more convenient for women in Cape Coral to get their annual screening mammogram.
Radiology Regional Center grew from its first location off of Broadway Avenue in Fort Myers some forty years ago to soon opening its 11th location off Immokalee Road in Naples. Closer to home, they recently opened their 3rd location in Cape Coral in Capri Commons on Del Prado Boulevard. This convenient location offers walk in x-ray and a women’s imaging suite. The suite provides a quick way to get that annual mammogram accomplished in about 15 minutes. It is perfect for the busy mom in between school drop off and pick-up or the business professional who has an hour to squeeze in some personal healthcare time.
The Bad News, The Great News
Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 years old even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer. Why? Because nine out of ten women diagnosed with breast cancer had no family history! And with one out of eight women being diagnosed with some form of breast cancer it is certainly advantageous to catch the cancer in its early stages when it can be treated easily and with little to no disruption of lifestyle, rather than later stage breast cancer which requires much more invasive treatment and less chance of breast conservation. If detected at the earliest stage, breast cancer has a five-year survival rate of over 99 percent, as small breast cancers are more treatable and can be removed before they spread to other parts of the body.
Better Technology, Better Treatments
Many patients ask about 3D mammography. 3D mammography is a revolutionary state of the art technology approved by the FDA in February 2011, which gives radiologists the ability to view inside the breast layer by layer, helping to see the fine details more clearly by minimizing overlapping tissue. During a 3D mammogram, multiple low-dose images known as “slices” of the breast are acquired at different angles. With 3D technology, the radiologist can view a mammogram in a way never before possible. Each of Radiology Regional Centers’ ten locations offers 3D Mammography which is currently covered by Medicare, United Healthcare and Cigna products. Others may have the 3D portion of the screening mammography added to their annual mammogram for a minimal fee. For most, the approximately 30% reduction of patient call backs and 40% more invasive cancers found than with 2D alone, far outweigh any cost objection.
For more information on 3D mammography and Radiology Regional Center, visit our website at RadiologyRegional.com.