Baptist Health Hardin announces the addition of 3D mammography in Brandenburg

November 14, 2022

3D mammography services are available starting Monday, Nov. 14.

Baptist Health Hardin announces the addition of 3D mammography at Baptist Health Diagnostics in Brandenburg. 3D mammography services are available at the diagnostics center located at 100 Commerce Drive, starting on Monday, Nov. 14.

The new technology is a long-awaited milestone. 3D mammograms have been available at other Baptist Health Diagnostics locations in Bardstown and Elizabethtown, and also at Baptist Health Hardin. The addition of 3D mammography at Brandenburg means that all Baptist Health Diagnostics Centers serving the 10-county central Kentucky region are now equipped with the latest technology in screening for breast cancer.

Having one more location means greater availability of appointments, and a convenient option for residents of Meade County and nearby areas who might otherwise have to drive longer distances to their appointments.

“We are so excited to be able to offer 3D mammography at Baptist Health Diagnostics in Brandenburg,” said Laura Barkley, MD, diagnostic radiologist and chief of breast imaging at Baptist Health Hardin. “Getting this advanced technology is a significant milestone that will help us detect cancer earlier and with more accuracy, which can save lives.  We hope that having access to 3D mammography close to home will encourage more people in and near Meade County to get their screening mammograms regularly and to seek testing when they have concerns.”

More advanced than standard mammography, 3D mammography combines individual X-ray images of the breast to create one three-dimensional image, allowing physicians a more detailed view of the tissue. This comprehensive look allows for greater accuracy in diagnoses, and can help detect cancer at earlier stages.

With breast cancer, early detection and treatment is critical to achieving the best possible outcomes.

Because of its ability to detect cancer at earlier stages, 3D mammography is also ideal for women who are not experiencing signs or symptoms. Additionally, 3D mammograms can help detect cancers in denser breast tissue – cancers than may be more difficult to see using conventional mammography.

3D mammography is used for diagnostic and screening mammograms. Patients will experience no difference in the process between conventional and 3D mammograms.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women, according to the American Cancer Society, with one in eight women developing breast cancer over their lifetime.

Mammograms are recommended annually for women beginning at age 40. Men can also get breast cancer. Anyone experiencing signs or symptoms should consult their physician. A physician’s order is required to receive a screening or diagnostic mammogram.

To find a provider, visit BaptistHealth.com/Hardin.

Baptist Health Diagnostics is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you have a physician’s order and need to make an appointment for your mammogram, call 270.706.5444, and select option 3.

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