St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital Goes “3-D” In Fight Against Breast Cancer

300stlukesSt. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital (SLSL) announced today that its advancing early diagnosis and detection of breast cancer with a new 3-D digital mammography unit, which provides an extremely precise, clear picture of small, often undetected tumors.

“By offering the latest technology in mammography, St. Luke’s Sugar Land is committed to increasing the number of women in our area who will receive routine breast cancer screenings,” said Rob Heifner, Chief Executive Officer, SLSL. “With statistics showing that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime, early detection plays a crucial role in improving a woman’s chance of survival.”

This particular 3-D digital mammography system is available in only 100 sites in the United States, including two St. Luke’s hospitals – Sugar Land and The Woodlands. It applies breast tomosynthesis, an advanced technology for radiologists to identify and characterize individual breast structures. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3-D reconstruction of the breast.

The Women’s Center at SLSL provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for breast health by fellowship-trained, board certified physicians.

For questions about 3-D breast imaging or to schedule an appointment, please call 281-637-7001.