I went for my annual female wellness visit on Monday. The check-up includes a mammogram because I'm 47 and my mom had breast cancer. I was thrilled to find out that there's no longer an extra charge for the 3-D mammogram (which is worth it) and that it's the only mammogram I had to do that day, instead of a traditional mammogram plus the 3-D one.
That means only having my breasts squished for one machine. :-)
And I usually ask the tech to compress as much as is needed because I have dense, fibrous breasts and I don't want to have to come back for a redo.
After the scan, the tech asked me if I'd like to participate in a clinical study for a whole breast 3-D ultrasound machine. It's being done through SouthCoast and is one of only 8 locations in the country taking part in the study.
Yes, yes I do! And I did, yesterday.
The machine is designed to help get a better view of dense breasts to catch anything missed by the mammogram (see video below for better explanation). It's also designed to be more comfortable than a compression mammogram. It was!
The goal of the study is to reach 10,000 eligible participants in order to get FDA approval. They need more women with dense breast tissue to take part. The main things you need to know are that your mammogram has to be done through SouthCoast because that scan, as well as the 3-D whole breast ultrasound, are read by the same radiologist at the same time, and you need to agree to get your next yearly mammogram done at SouthCoast. You also must be able to lie on your stomach for about 10 minutes.
The 3-D whole breast ultrasound is done at no cost to you or your insurance company. Yay!
If you or a woman you know has dense breast tissue and are interested in participating in this study, contact coordinator PATRICIA HERRIN at SouthCoast Imaging to find out you're eligibility. The number is: (912) 691-4222.
PS: I was treated very respectfully, as you will be too
The photos below are ones that I took during my appointment.