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McLaren Macomb Breast Center adds second 3D mammography unit

Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.—McLaren Macomb, the first hospital in Macomb County to offer its patients the benefits of 3D tomosynthesis mammography, has added a second unit to its Breast Center. 3D tomosynthesis mammography technology, a revolutionary means of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages, provides physicians with greater image clarity for a more accurate diagnosis.

3D mammography allows the radiologist to visualize the breast tissue in 1mm slices, making it beneficial to all women as both a screening and diagnostic tool.

“We were proud to initially introduce 3D mammograms to the area and offer it to our patients,” said Pat Keigher, regional director of cancer services at McLaren Macomb. “Our patients and physicians alike are seeing the benefits of this technology and the images it provides. Demand for this screening has increased, and it was an easy decision to add a second unit.”

The leading-edge 3D mammography technology is particularly beneficial to women with dense breast tissue, which can potentially hide tumors within its fibro-glandular structures. Dense breast tissue is very common, and a physician may recommend 3D mammograms.

The clarity provided by 3D mammography also decreases the occurrences of false positives, eliminating the anxiety of follow-up mammograms.

All mammogram images are read and interpreted by board-certified radiologists.

The purchase of the second unit was made possible by funds raised through the BRAvo for Women program.

In addition to the two 3D mammogram units at the McLaren Macomb Breast Center in Mount Clemens, 3D mammograms are also available at McLaren Macomb Diagnostic Imaging in Shelby Township and McLaren Macomb Women’s Health in Clinton Township.

To learn more about breast care at McLaren Macomb or to make an appointment, call (586) 493-3790 or visit mclaren.org/macombbreastcenter.

About McLaren Macomb:
In January 2012, Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center became McLaren Macomb.

McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Clemens, Mich. More than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees work at McLaren Macomb making it one of Macomb County’s top employers. McLaren Macomb provides a full range of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care. As Macomb County’s first verified trauma center, the hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Macomb County and is also an accredited chest pain center. McLaren Macomb has a rich history of providing high quality, compassionate health care and holds a strong position in the community it serves. To learn more, visit mclaren.org/macomb or follow our blog mclaren.org/macombblog.

About McLaren Health Care:

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 14 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 620,000 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. McLaren has 26,000 employees and more than 85,500 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving Michigan and Indiana.