PINCKNEYVILLE — Women in Southern Illinois have a new option for breast cancer screening, as Pinckneyville Community Hospital has announced it is offering 3D Mammography.
Breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, offers a comprehensive breast scan. The machine takes a series of low-dose X-rays as it moves over the breast. A computer puts the images together into a three-dimensional picture.
Pinckneyville Community Hospital is the only rural, acute care hospital within a 50-mile radius to provide 3D mammography, hospital CEO Randall W. Dauby said in a news release earlier this month.
Dr. Robin Bierman, a radiologist at Clinical Radiology who provides radiology services at the hospital, said the technology is a more accurate way to check breasts. The system offers 3D screening, diagnostic and biopsy capabilities in every phase of the examination.
“The technology of 3D Mammography allows for fewer callbacks than with the two-dimensional scans. This means patients won’t have to experience the stress of making another appointment and waiting longer for results. Before now, individuals would have to travel outside of the county for this technology,” said Jennifer Barbour, hospital spokesperson.
The cost of the equipment was paid with a memorial gift from the William K. Crawford Jr. Trust that the hospital received at the end of last year.
“William Crawford was the president and chairman of Murphy-Wall Bank & Trust," Barbour said.
She added that Crawford was a silent contributor to many projects in and around Pinckneyville during his lifetime. Crawford died April 24, 2017, at the age of 96.
Making an appointment for the new 3D mammography is easy — call 618-357-5909. Appointments are available Monday through Friday. When calling, individuals are asked to have their insurance cards and phone numbers for their insurance company available, allowing hospital staff to check with insurance regarding coverage.