Mankato Clinic’s new 3-D tomosynthesis mammography machine is proven to detect more breast cancers. Mankato Clinic’s diagnostic imaging department includes back row left to right: Kris Edberg, Carol Koehler, Jessica Benson and Dan Hart; front row left to right: Glenda Beeck, Dr. Maureen Magut Charette and Dr. Chris Mager

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mammograms are one of the most effective tools in detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages when chances of survival are highest. Now Mankato Clinic patients can receive the latest screening technology with the clinic’s new 3-dimensional mammography machine.

Mankato Clinic offers 3D tomosynthesis (TOMO) screening mammograms. This method is proven to detect more breast cancers and reduce callbacks for additional imaging by 40 percent. Mankato Clinic recommends 3D mammograms as the primary method for screening.

“3D mammography has been shown to increase breast cancer detection in women of all breast types. Furthermore, most insurance companies will pay for 3D just as they would for conventional mammography,” said Dr. Chris Mager of the Diagnostic Imaging Center, Mankato Clinic.

Patients still have the option of conventional or 2-dimensional mammograms since some insurances do not cover 3D mammograms. Patients are instructed to call the customer service number on their insurance cards to see if the service is covered.

Since April 30, more than 90 percent of patients elected for the 3D TOMO screening mammogram at Mankato Clinic.

“It’s great to be able to provide this service at Mankato Clinic this year. Having this service line available for our patients has been well received,” said Dan Hart, Mankato Clinic Director of Diagnostic Imaging and Physical Therapy.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among American women. Annual mammograms should begin at the age of 40. Women with a family history may require screenings prior to age 40.

“Saturday Muffins and Mammograms” are offered the second Saturday of each month by appointment.