Hills & Dales General Hospital to offer New 3D Mammography Machine

Cass City, MI – February 27, 2020, Hills & Dales General Hospital is excited to share they will soon offer mammograms using a new 3-D, wide-angle mammography machine. Hills & Dales recently purchased a Siemens Revelation Wide-Angle Mammography Unit. This is the first of its kind in the greater Thumb region. The wide-angle technology offers more—and higher quality—images that provide patients a greater chance for early detection and treatment.

While most of the seven critical access hospitals in the greater Thumb region offer 3-D mammograms, Hills & Dales has the only machine to offer wide-angle scans. With a 50- degree scanning angle, the Siemens Revelation delivers 25 images per scan, versus 15 images on the standard 15-degree angle of other 3-D machines. That’s why twice as many cancers are detected with the wide-angle mammography than the narrow-angle 3-D.

“At Hills & Dales, we pride ourselves on having state-of-the-art technology for our staff and our patients,” says Hills & Dales Manager of Radiology Mike Lewiski. “We’re excited to be able to offer a more comfortable, more advanced mammogram for our community.”

The new machine offers personalized, soft compression that is less uncomfortable and more accurate. At the same time, it delivers one of the lowest radiation doses of any mammography machine on the market. With the wide-angle scan producing 25 images, it can help detect tumors concealed by overlapping tissue, a feature especially important for women with dense breast tissue. “With more to look at, radiologists can make a more accurate diagnosis with the wide-angle 3-D,” says Lewiski.

“We never want to find cancer,” says Lewiski, “but if we can help find it sooner, then the sooner we can get patients on the path to treatment and recovery, the better.”

If an unusual mass is detected during a patient’s routine mammogram, the new machine can also be used to perform stereotactic biopsies that help diagnose cancerous cells in the breast tissue. “It will be nice for patients to be able to do this follow-up step close to home, where they can be near family and friends,” says Lewiski.

Patients with a mammogram order from their doctor can begin scheduling their exam with the Hills & Dales Radiology Department later this spring by calling 989-912-6295. Look for more details coming soon.