New technology could detect breast cancer earlier

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Doctors are hoping a new piece of technology at Regional Health will aid in the battle against breast cancer.

On Thursday at a ribbon cutting ceremony, Regional Health staff welcomed a new 3D mammography machine at one of their medical clinics in Rapid City.

Originally this machine only took 2D images, but after an upgrade it can now take 3D images.

One mammographer says this technology will help detect breast cancer earlier and detect smaller cancers than ever before, helping patients not only lead longer, healthier lives, but saving patients money in the long-run as well.

Lori Aston, lead mammography technologist, Regional Health, says, "With the 3-D, we're having less callbacks, patients that have to come back for additional viewing after their mammogram so that helps with the cost. You can catch a cancer earlier, and sometimes possibly not have to do chemo or radiation at all."

Regional Health has a 3D mammography machine at their Spearfish location as well.