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St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake Brings 3D Mammography to Lake County

Mammography

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake (SHCL) is pleased to announce the arrival of 3D mammography at its new Medical Imaging location at 15322 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 204 in Clearlake. The conversion from 2D to 3D mammography will transform the process of breast cancer screening for women in Lake County. St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake is proud to be one of only a few health care centers in the region offering this new and cutting-edge technology.

3D mammography, also known as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), dramatically increases breast cancer detection rates, especially in women with dense breast tissue. SHCL’s new Hologic Selenia Dimensions mammography system takes multiple pictures of each breast from many angles, though the scan takes less than four seconds. The scan gives radiologists clear, highly focused images of the breast tissue, layer by layer, and achieves greater accuracy in pinpointing the size, shape and location of tumors. Studies show that 3D mammography results in a 29% increase in detection of all breast cancers, and a 41% increase in detection of invasive breast cancers.

“3D mammography screenings are the best defense for early detection of breast cancer,” said Amber Thompson, Director of Medical Imaging at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. “It will provide us with more precise images to detect cancer earlier and with pinpoint accuracy. If patients are diagnosed earlier, they can be treated earlier.”

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake’s medical imaging services at the Lakeshore Drive location will also include DEXA scanning, which was previously offered at the hospital itself. DEXA scans measure bone density and detect risk for broken bones for people with multiple conditions, including osteoporosis.

“Our goal is to help keep residents of Lake County healthy, and the investment in the 3D mammography unit significantly furthers that objective,” explained David Santos, President and CEO of St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. The hospital anticipates final licensure of the Imaging Services location within a few weeks, and will begin providing the new service immediately once awarded clearance to open.

Thompson looks forward to providing 3D mammography screenings, “I hope the women of Lake County will rest easier knowing they have access to the best cancer screening technology available, right here close to home.”

Medical imaging services are typically covered by Medi-Cal and Medicare and most major insurance plans.

The St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake’s Medical Imaging is located in the Hilltop Professional Building in Clearlake at 15322 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 204. Call 707.995.5760 for more information.

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St. Helena Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 31,000 includes more than 22,350 employees; 4,800 medical staff physicians; and 3,850 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 275 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015.  Visit www.sthelenahospitalclearlake.org for more information.