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Lexington Medical Center Expands 3-D Mammography

Because of a generous contribution from the Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary, the hospital’s mobile mammography unit now offers 3-D mammography for breast cancer screening services. The Volunteer Auxiliary donated nearly $375,000 to the Foundation’s Campaign for Clarity to upfit the unit with this lifesaving technology.

The Campaign for Clarity aims to make 3-D mammography available to every LMC patient. In just six months, the Foundation has raised more than $1 million! This success wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Foundation’s major campaign donors, special event sponsors and designated Universal Employee Fund donations.

To schedule the mobile mammography unit to visit your workplace, church or civic organization, call (803) 791 – 2486.

Currently, Lexington Medical Center also offers 3-D mammography at Women’s Imaging on the hospital campus in West Columbia and at Sandhills Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice in Northeast Columbia.

3-D Mammography Offers Clear Advantages
• Ability to detect much smaller lesions, as small as 2 millimeters, for earlier detection and diagnosis
• 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers
• 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers
• 15 percent reduction in patient callbacks due to suspicious findings that require additional images, reducing needless anxiety for these patients

New Year’s Eva Gala

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation rang in 2017 with its inaugural New Year’s Eve Gala at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. The party raised funds for the Campaign for Clarity, an effort to provide 3-D mammography throughout the hospital’s network of care. Because of the generous support of guests and sponsors, the event brought in more than $90,000. Happy New Year!

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Blythewood Woman Values 3-D Mammography

In October 2006, Constella Zimmerman’s life turned upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer after her doctor discovered a lump during a checkup. Living in New Jersey at the time, Constella was preparing to return to her home state of South Carolina for a new job opportunity. She endured chemotherapy and radiation in New Jersey and South Carolina.

Constella says she never lost sight that her faith would see her through her cancer treatments. “The first thing I did was have my son shave my head,” she said. “While I had to come to terms with what I was facing, I realized that other people have survived and I had to have faith that I would survive, too.”

Constella Zimmerman photographed at Doko Manor in Blythewood

Constella Zimmerman photographed at Doko Manor in Blythewood

Now, as a 10-year survivor, Constella is adamant about keeping up with her annual checkups. She’s a patient at the Northeast Columbia office of Sandhills Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, where she had her first 3-D mammogram.

Sandhills Women’s Care offers 3-D mammography, also known as ‘tomosynthesis.’ This breast cancer screening tool creates a group of three-dimensional pictures of the breast and allows doctors to view tissue one millimeter at a time, making tiny details visible earlier and easier.

Jennifer Linfert, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN at Sandhills Women’s Care, stresses that early detection is key in treating breast cancer successfully.

Jennifer Linfert, MD, FACOG

Jennifer Linfert, MD, FACOG

“Patients will find that 3-D mammography is no different from the mammogram they are accustomed to as far as compression, positioning and time,” she said. “The benefit to patients is that the multiple layers of images resulting from 3-D mammography can help doctors better evaluate the breast tissue.”

3-D mammography uses a low dose X-ray to create multiple images within seconds that are similar to the “slices” of images in a CT scan. The FDA-approved procedure uses the same type of equipment as a 2-D mammogram and a similar dose of radiation. Studies have shown that 3-D mammography also reduces false positives and unnecessary callbacks for patients with dense breast tissue.

Constella, who holds a PhD and is a professor at Webster University, understands the need for patients to be well educated and informed about their health care.

“My doctors made sure that I had plenty of detail about why 3-D mammography was a preferred method of screening for me,” she said. “And the fact that they could get results to you quickly is so important. You’re always thinking ‘what if.’ That’s the reality of it.”

Patients who have mammograms performed through Lexington Medical Center receive results in less than five days.

Constella is a true believer in encouraging every woman she knows to have her annual mammogram. “I skipped my mammogram one year; and as it turns out, that one year I skipped was the year it mattered,” she said. “If I hadn’t skipped, we would have caught it much sooner.”

Her advice to every woman is to mark that date on the calendar and never, ever miss that appointment.
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