Comfortable, caring, and close to home, Longview Regional Medical Center's cancer care treatment facility combines the latest technology with the benefit of caring, experienced oncology specialists and seasoned staff to deliver quality care and support to cancer patients and their families.
The Center for Breast Care of Longview Regional Medical Center offers all digital mammography to our patients. Digital mammography provides many benefits, ranging from greater accuracy and quicker results to a more comfortable exam. Our breast health center is staffed by an all-female team, and our digital mammography machines feature MammoPad breast cushions, a soft-surface cushioned padding, for our patients’ comfort.
In addition to digital mammography, Longview Regional now offers breast tomosynthesis, the most modern diagnostic technology for detecting breast cancer. This new technology, shown in clinical studies to be superior to digital mammography, is available in only a handful of facilities in the nation.
Breast tomosynthesis is an innovative new, FDA-approved digital technology that helps physicians detect smaller tumors sooner -- at the earliest stages of breast cancer.
The 3-D imaging technology of tomosynthesis enables radiologists to see "inside" the breast. This reduces or eliminates problems caused by dense tissue overlapping.
Breast tomosynthesis uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into very thin layers or “slices,” producing a 3D mammogram. The exam is very similar to a traditional mammogram. Just as with a digital mammogram, the breast tomosynthesis technologist positions the woman’s breast, compressing the breast under a paddle and takes images from different angles.
The X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds. A computer produces a 3D image of the patient’s breast tissue in one-millimeter layers. This allows radiologists to examine fine details in the breast tissue one layer at a time, giving them the ability to see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible.
Do I Qualify for 3D Mammogram?
Breast tomosynthesis is available immediately to patients who are due for their yearly screening mammogram.
What Should I Expect During a 3D Mammogram?
Tomosynthesis takes 15 successive images at slightly different angles across the breast, resulting in improved accuracy in screening results and pinpointing of lesion location.
What Other Tests May Find Lumps, Cysts, Or Other Potential Problems?
Ultrasound is another form of imaging technology that is used to diagnose and monitor particular health conditions. An ultrasound uses sound waves to see organs, blood vessels, and tissues in the body. A small, hand-held wand called a transducer is moved around the outside of your body to *see* organs using high-frequency sound waves. Using a computer, these sound waves are converted into images.
Contact The Center for Breast Care of Longview Regional Medical Center at 903-232-8596 to make an appointment for a 3D mammogram.
We will provide support, encouragement, and education in a timely manner to breast cancer patients, survivors, their families, and friends in order to promote healing and hope in a caring, compassionate, confidential setting.
When: The second Tuesday of every month
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Center for Breast Care of Longview Regional Medical Center
709 Hollybrook Drive • Suite 5604
Longview, Texas 75605
To schedule an appointment with the Center for Breast Care of Longview Regional please call: 903-232-8596
2901 N Fourth Street
Longview, TX 75605