New Sharp Coronado breast center hopes to detect cancer earlier

Posted at 6:05 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 21:14:58-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The new breast center at Sharp Coronado Hospital strives to remove the anxiety that can come with a woman's annual mammogram.

They're combining new technology with patient-centered care, like extending exam times, spa music, and calming scents in the exam room.

The center is using 3D mammogram technology, allowing technicians to capture multiple slices of the breast, all at different angles.

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A radiologist can review each slide, like turning pages in a book.

“I’m a 10-year breast cancer survivor, my cancer was totally picked up on the mammogram, so I’d like to urge all ladies to get your mammos, and please be diligent getting it yearly," said Dixie Comesanas, a breast cancer survivor.

Michelle Nguyen, Imaging Manager at Sharp Coronado, says the new 3D technology is 20 percent more accurate in detecting tumors, while also decreasing false-positives.

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Sharp Coronado patients who use the new 3D machine also receive a 2D screening.

While 3D Mammograms involve more radiation compared to the standard 2D, the combined dose remains well under government guidelines, according to Sharp.