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14B Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 ,r LagSen Medical Center Health Matters Ask t:he Expert: 3D n00ammosrams My doctor mentioned to me that 3D mammograms are now available for breast cancer screening. How do 3D mammograms differ from traditional memmograms and what are the benefits? Aside from skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women. In fact, every year approximately 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The best defense we have against breast cancer is early detection, and 3D mammography is a revolutionary new tool to help us in this fight. In 2011, 3D mammography, or tomosynthesis, was approved by the FDA for use in the United States. Instead of having just two views of the breast from conventional 2D mammograms, 3D mammograms allow radiologists to look inside the breast, and from multiple perspectives. Just like CT scans, 3D mammograms reveal images of the breast in multiple layers, or slices, providing doctors with more detailed and accurate views of the breast. Ultimately, more accurate images of the breast lead to more accurate detection of breast disease. -- " A ^, ...I......kl:^k^..I ^^.1:^. +k;^ ..^^. " +k^ 1^...^^1 D^..I-'^I^--.. ;^,,--..I oL'y Vu=.llJolIoU u===o= u=tp y.u= | Li io jUUl i igl ........ uy ...... that 3D trated , pfffcnt increas e in diagnosis of early cancers - and the earlier breast cancer is detected, the greater the survival rate. Additionally, the same study found a significant decrease in the number of false positives, when compared to 2D mammograms. Reducing false positives can alleviate anxiety in patients, as well as decrease unnecessary tests and procedures. What's more, 3D C-View mammograms decrease radiation exposure. In the past, patients would receive a 3D mammogram and a conventional digital mammogram at the same time, essentially doubling exposure to radiation. Now, however, advances in technology and software allow for the creation of a 2D image from the 3D mammogram, eliminating the need for an additional digital mammogram. At our facility, which is the first in the region to offer this technology, 3D mammography is now the standard for breast cancer screening. This means every single patient undergoing a mammogram at our office will receive a low dose 3D C-View mammogram. "The best defense we have against breast cancer is early detection, and 3D mammography is a revolutionary new tool to help us in this fight." :'   About the provider ! "qW i Robert Leckie, MD, is a physician at Banner Lassen Medical Center and an American Board of RadiologyCertified Radiologist. For more details on 3D mammography at Banner Lassen Medical Center, visit www.bannerhealth.com/Lassen. II II : IJ[IJ'r Banner Lassen names Catherine Harshbarger as chief executive officer Catherine Harshbarger, CEO Banner Lassen Medicat Center Catherine Harshbarger accepted the rote of Chief Executive Officer at Banner Lassen in January. Harshbarger served as interim CEO since Sept. 23, 2013, after the departure of former CEO Bob Edwards. She atso has been the Chief Nursing Officer at Banner Lassen since 2011. A search is now under way for a new CNO for the hospitat. Harshbarger has more than 30 years ofnursing experience, inctuding 14 years in readership rotes. Prior to working in Susanvit[e, Harshbarger was the Director of Nursing at Ettsworth County Medicat Center in Ettsworth, KS. Harshbarger has a master's in Hea[th Administration and a bachetor's degree in Nursing, both from the University of Phoenix. She has a diverse c[inica[ and readership background serving in acute care, home hea[th, case management, and physician ctinics. Speakers Bureau . re you interested in having a quatified medicat JF-tprofessionat speak to your group or organization? We offer a range of experts who can tatk about a variety of hearth care topics. Each speaker can taitor tatks to groups of aLt ages and interest. We have provided speakers for service dubs, chitdren's groups and businesses organizations. (:att (970) 635-4031to discuss ideas for your upcoming event and to schedule a speaker. www.ba nnerhea [th.com/tassenspea kers "Cathy has demonstrated exceptional skill in leading the team at Banner Lassen Medical Center in her dual role as CEO and CNO,  said Banner Health Western Region President lim Ferando. "She has taken initiative on several projects in the community a :we look forward to her continued service in Susanville." r