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3-D mammograms now available at MD Imaging's women's imaging center

Published On: Jun 04 2013 06:44:19 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 04 2013 07:58:29 PM CDT

Redding's MD Imaging added a new state of the art three-dimensional mammography equipment and Tuesday was the day they began using the new high-tech machinery.

The new 3-D equipment catches irregularities and shows more details that the old two-dimensional mammograms would perhaps miss.

The process is also easier for both the doctors and patients.

Doctors can now catch cancer in earlier stages and the new machine arches over the patients' breasts, making the detail produced in the mammogram more clear.

"It is improving our cancer detection rate by up to 30 to 40 percent, which is huge," said Dr. Eva Bauer, who specializes in breast imaging.

Patients said they have also seen a difference.

"The machine kind of flows a little bit more over your body,” said Nancy Van Voirs, who is a patient at MD Imaging. “But other than that it's the same process, very quick, very easy. I could see where they could detect things that might be wrong..."

The first 100 patients to use the equipment on Tuesday received a free t-shirt with their mammogram.

Doctors want to remind patients that is important for both men and women to get their annual check-ups.

If you would like to be a part of the fight against cancer, this Saturday is the Relay For Life.

The event starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sat., Jun. 4 and it will take place at Shasta Community College. You can sign up at the college or sign up online.