Dr. Laurie Fajardo, professor of radiology at University of Iowa, writes a letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register thanking Sen. Grassley for his support for 3D mammography.
“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime — a frightening statistic — but Grassley is working to ensure all women have access to a 3D mammogram by supporting efforts to get this technology covered by Medicare,” Dr. Fajardo says.
UnityPoint Health recently installed 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, changing the way breast cancer is diagnosed, ABC5 in Des Moines reports.
According to the segment, “Doctors say the new machines are much more detailed and can pick up cancer earlier, but maybe the biggest advantage with 3D is that it reduces false positives by up to 40 percent.”
UnityPoint will provide low-income residents with free mammograms Oct. 12, 2013, and Nov. 9, 2013.
Broadlawns becomes the first hospital in Iowa to utilize breast tomosynthesis (3-D) cancer screening
"DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 24, 2012 -- Broadlawns Medical Center is adding another new, high-tech weapon to its arsenal in the battle against breast cancer. With this addition, the Mammography Center at Broadlawns becomes the first mammography provider in Iowa to offer breast tomosynthesis cancer screening with a full field digital mammography system."