BELLEVILLE – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital continues to invest in the latest technologies to encourage early breast cancer detection through annual mammograms by adding a second 3D Mammography unit through allotted funds from the HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation. Cost of the unit was approximately $360,000 and it is now being installed for use in September.
The hospital had previously purchased the first 3D Mammography unit in October 2015, as an expansion of current mammography services for the Belleville campus. The new unit will be added to current imaging services at the O’Fallon Medical Building at 1512 Green Mount Road in O’Fallon.
This state-of-the-art technology allows St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to offer 3D Mammograms, as a compliment to the current 2D services, for patients meeting certain criteria including those who have a strong family history of Breast Cancer, and patients with dense breast tissue.
“It was important to our Foundation Leadership Council to ensure the high-level of 3D capabilities continue to be available at the future Belleville Health Campus and at the new facility,” said HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation Director Dave Garris. “We are privileged to bring this advanced technology to the patients we serve in Belleville, O’Fallon and surrounding areas.”
On average 3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, has the ability to detect 40 percent more cancers than 2D mammograms by providing a clearer picture to the reading radiologists. 3D mammograms also take less time, with a rapid scan time of under four seconds total, which helps to improve patient comfort and lessens the risk of motion. The system also streamlines workflow for mammogram technologists, providing for great efficiencies and providing a more comfortable experience for patients.
“We strive to provide the highest level of care, services and technologies to our patients and this 3D mammogram unit will allow additional access to the 3D technologies at two locations. I applaud and thank the St. Elizabeth’s Foundation for their generosity and commitment to the health needs of our community,” said President and CEO Peg Sebastian.
The FDA has approved three 3D mammogram systems, including the Hologix Inc. Selenia Dimensions 3D System used as St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. In January 2015, Medicare added CPT codes for 3D mammograms. Additionally, as of July 1, 2016, all insurance companies in Illinois are required to cover 3D mammograms under a law signed by Governor Bruce Rauner last year. The law amends the insurance code by adding breast tomosynthesis to the list of definitions of low-dose mammograms. As a result, the insurance mandate covers 3D mammograms as well as the traditional 2D mammograms. It is always suggested that patients review their insurance plan for specific coverage.
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital acquired the 3D Mammography unit from Hologix Inc., a leading global health care and diagnostics company.
To schedule an annual screening mammogram, call St. Elizabeth’s scheduling department at (618) 222-4639. A physician’s order is not required. For more information about our mammography services, visit www.steliz.org.
— From the Illinois Business Journal