HMC Now Offering 3D Mammography and 3D Breast Biopsy

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) announced it now offers the significant advances in the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer: Genius 3D mammography exams and the Affirm 3D breast biopsy system, developed by Hologic Inc., a worldwide leader in women’s health.

“HMC is committed to the fight against breast cancer. We are excited to be the first location in the Northeast, and 10th in the country, to receive 3D breast-biopsy capabilities. We take pride in offering state-of-the-art, innovative technology, coupled with compassionate, high-quality care, right here at the Women’s Center,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems Inc.

The 3D mammography exams and 3D breast biopsy available at HMC are the most advanced breast-cancer screening and minimally invasive X-ray breast biopsy available today. This technology allows doctors to locate and biopsy small or subtle areas that appeared suspicious on a mammogram. In most cases, this 3D biopsy procedure will reduce the amount of time and X-ray dose used to collect the tissue sample. The radiation dose during a 3D biopsy procedure is less than that of a standard X-ray biopsy procedure because it replaces several 2D imaging exposures with a single 3D imaging exposure.

To make an appointment at the nationally accredited HMC Women’s Center, call (413) 534-2770.

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