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BVI Health Services Authority
The BVI Health Services Authority is offering 3D Mammography to aid in the early detection of breast cancer.
A 3D mammogram (breast tomosynthesis) is an advanced form of breast imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system and computer reconstructions to create three-dimensional images of the breast.
Radiologist Dr. Aasha-Marie Flax-Miller said the 3D mammography unit which is the only one on the island, decreases the call back rate for extra compression of the breast when a mass is detected. The technology also increases the rate of cancer detection.
Dr. Flax-Miller said, “Tomosynthesis enables us to see subtle architectural distortions and masses. It also gives us the ability to see calcifications that are in the breast and determine if they are benign or require further testing.”
She stated that women between the ages of 40 to 44 have the option of annual screening. However, women ages 45 to 54 are recommended to have annual screenings, while women over the age of 55 should have screenings done every two years.
The Radiologist added that these recommendations are for women who are in the general population and not patients who are at a higher risk or at an increased risk for cancer. Patients of the categories are advised to have a discussion with their primary physician, who should be able to advise them on their screening schedule.
Dr. Flax-Miller stressed that breast cancer continues to be the number one cancer in women. “The cancer rates here in the BVI are high,” she said, adding, “It is heart breaking. Early diagnosis is key. If we can get you at stage one then that is best.”
She further stated that persons should not wait until they feel a lump, and that screening should be started at the appropriate time. Persons who do detect a lump are encouraged to seek medical attention for further investigation.
The Radiologist also encouraged prospective clients who have had mammograms done before, to present their previous imaging when visiting their doctor. “Previous imaging is really important. It will be useful to look back at previous imaging to see if a mass was there before, if it’s worsening and to look at the natural changes occurring in the breast. Previous imaging is a Radiologist’s best friend,” Dr. Flax-Miller added.
The Radiology Department is located on the third floor of the new Peebles Hospital. Persons can contact telephone number 284-852-7727 or via email at email@example.com for information and appointments.
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