Lexington Medical Center Irmo dedicates new 3D Mammography Imaging
On Wednesday, February 20, Lexington Medical Center Foundation honored The Michael J. Mungo Foundation during a ceremony for their commitment to bringing new 3D mammography technology to the Irmo community. A 3D mammography unit is operational at LMC Irmo Women’s Imaging Center. This cutting edge technology will ensure access to lifesaving early detection of breast cancer. This new breast cancer screening tool creates a group of three dimensional images making tiny details visible earlier and easier. 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), is currently recommended for women who are having their first screening mammogram or who have dense breast tissue.
In October 2016, the Lexington Medical Center Foundation launched the three year Campaign for Clarity to raise $3 million to bring 3D mammography to every patient at Lexington Medical Center. This revolutionary, new technology helps detect breast cancer earlier and more accurately than 2D mammography. In the last two years, more than $2 million has been raised and six machines purchased to date.
“With 3D mammography there is a significant reduction in callbacks for patients,” said Dr. Beth Siroty-Smith, Radiologist. “3D mammography can detect smaller cancers which can increase survival rates and since the machine was installed at LMC Irmo in July of 2017, we have diagnosed 38 cancers. Of the 38, 8 were from a 2D mammogram and 30 were from a 3D mammogram. It makes a difference.”
“(Breast cancer) has had a pretty profound impact on our family so it was really not hard for us to get our arms around how important it is to have early detection,” stated Steven Mungo, former Lexington Medical Center Board member and former Lex Med Center Foundation Board member. “We are just thrilled to give everybody the chance to get that early detection before it’s a problem.”
“The Mungos support so many important initiatives in the Irmo community and we are so grateful for their dedication,” said Barbara Willm, Vice President of Development and Community Relations.
Lexington Medical Center Irmo has served the Irmo community for over 30 years. On-site services include urgent care, outpatient surgery, lab services, cardiac rehab, X-ray, physical and occupational therapy, MRI and CT, ultrasound and bone densitometry testing, and 3D mammography.
The center is located at 7035 St. Andrews Road Columbia, (803) 749-0924, between Harbison Boulevard and Lake Murray Boulevard.