The Campaign for Clarity

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation plans to raise $3 million to make revolutionary new breast cancer equipment available throughout the hospital’s network of care. The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is about to launch the “Campaign for Clarity,” a capital campaign to upgrade all of its current mammography equipment to 3-D technology. 3-D mammography will become the standard of care at Lexington Medical Center.

3-D mammography at Lexington Medical Center

3-D mammography at Lexington Medical Center

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

The campaign will allow the hospital to purchase software and equipment to make 3-D mammography also available at Vista Women’s Healthcare, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice; Lexington Medical Center Chapin; Lexington Medical Center Irmo; Lexington Medical Center Lexington; and in its mobile mammography van that serves local businesses and the hospital’s rural community medical centers.

Lexington Medical Center's Mobile Mammography Van

Lexington Medical Center’s Mobile Mammography Van

“We’re very excited to make 3-D mammography a reality for all patients at Lexington Medical Center,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations and Development at Lexington Medical Center. “Until we can find a cure for breast cancer, we can make early detection our top priority.”

Also known as ‘tomosynthesis,’ 3-D mammography 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.

“Patients will find that 3-D mammography is no different from the mammogram they are accustomed to as far as compression, positioning and time,” said Jennifer Linfert, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN at Sandhills Women’s Care. “The benefit to patients is that the multiple layers of images resulting from 3-D mammography can help doctors better evaluate the breast tissue.”

This infographic shows the difference between 2-D and 3-D images in the same breast. In the 3-D images, the area of concern is much easier to see.

This infographic shows the difference between 2-D and 3-D images in the same breast. In the 3-D images, the area of concern is much easier to see.

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.

To learn more about the “Campaign for Clarity” or to contribute to the campaign, visit LMCFoundation.com or call (803) 791-2540.

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4 Responses to “The Campaign for Clarity”

  1. This is a fantastic development that will take breast cancer treatment to a new level. Earlier detection will lead to better treatment options and save lives. The absolute key is to make sure all women have the opportunity to take advantage of this new technology. My wife was a breast cancer survivor, but lost her life to the flu. The treatment process, mastectomy, reconstruction, and associated complications weakened her immune system significantly. I firmly believe that if 3D technology existed ten years ago she would still be alive today. I will do everything in my power to ensure all women have the knowledge of and access to this fantastic new option.

  2. I am excited to hear this news as this is something I strived to accomplish for Women’s Imaging during my employment. I am so honored to know that all women that choose LMC will continue to receive the latest state of the art imaging in mammography services as always at LMC. it makes me proud to have been a part of this program.

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