A 3D Convert

WARNING! This post contains a picture that may or may not include a bare breast and that bare breast may or may not be mine.  You may or may not want to stop reading here.  But just in case you do stop reading know that the jist of this post is that 3D Mammograms are the future and the future is now and Pomona Valley Hospitals are ahead of the game.

You have been warned.

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note the pretty robe that covers all of me, why can’t all Dr offices have nice robes?

I was recently given the opportunity to receive a free 3D Mammogram through Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (yes FTD that is my disclosure).  Just about 4 years ago I found a lump in my left breast and freaked out.  Thankfully with the assistance of Every Woman Counts I was able to receive a mammogram and a biopsy.  The biopsy was not without it’s problems but all was clear and well in the end.  Had the opportunity for a 3D Mammogram been around back then I wouldn’t have had the problems I did.

All four facilities that comprise the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center have the newest 3D Mammography Units, that’s more than any other Southern California Hospital.

Traditional mammography creates a flat, two-dimensional image of the entire breast.  This can result in overlapping breast tissue that can either hide a small tumor (as in my original detection) or make it more difficult to see.  3D mammography creates individual images, which allows your radiologist to examine the breast one millimeter at a time.  The superior images help the doctors tell the difference between breast tumors and harmless areas that might have looked like a problem on a standard mammography image.

This can result in fewer callbacks for additional mammograms and biopsies, which helps to reduce the anxiety and stress many women (myself!) feel when there is a question about the breast cancer screening.

Most insurance plans cover 3D Mammography. But if your’s doesn’t or you have a really high co-pay you can still get an inexpensive 3D Mammogram from Pomona Valley for only $100, and if you go in the month of October it is only $50!  The only caveat is you must be over the age of 40.

Those numbers are significant.  That's how many POUNDS of pressure are on my breast at that moment!

Those numbers are significant. That’s how many POUNDS of pressure are on my breast at that moment!

Not only is there less pressure on your wallet and your stress level there is actually less pressure on your breast.  My first mammogram I cried.  It was so painful, I had heard stories, but never realized how painful it can be.  Hell I have gone through natural childbirth and have a very high pain tolerence level, but I cried when I got “squished”.

This time (my third mammogram) was quick and almost painless.  You can’t have a complete pain free mammogram until they find a way to not actually SQUISH your breast.  But this time there was no twisting, no turning – the machine did all the movement.  I was in and out of the exam room within 10 minutes and that included introducing myself to the technician asking her a few questions and taking pictures.

My right breast (as seen in the picture to the right) took just over EIGHT PUNDS of pressure.  My left (in the picture below {remember the disclosure? yeah that one!}) took just over FOURTEEN POUNDS of pressure.  But because I was standing still and the technician wasn’t twisting and turning me, it was just slightly uncomfortable.

It has been almost a week since my exam, I am expecting a letter with my results next week.  Since I do self exams weekly (and you should too! yes, even you male person!) I think everything will be a-ok!

And now here is the squished breast.

Don’t scroll down if you don’t want to see it.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This is your last and final warning!

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That’s 14 pounds squishing me!                                        But note the nice tan lines.

 

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Comments

  1. Jasmine Forte says:

    First of all….Your disclosure at the top of this post was hilarious!!! Thanks so much for sharing this experience. It’s an important issue that not enough woman talk about openly. YOU ROCK!!!

  2. The 3-D digital mammogram/tomosynthesis is considered the most advanced breakthrough in the early detection of breast cancer. Breast cancer currently strikes one out of seven women in the United States.

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