The Maury Regional Women’s Center in Columbia recently completed installation and received approval from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for a second Genius™ 3D Mammography™ unit, according to Administrative Director of Oncology Services Dana Salters. The first Hologic, Inc. Genius™ 3D system has been operational at the Women’s Center since September 2016.
“Since the Women’s Center began offering 3D mammography last fall, this advanced level of imaging technology has been very well received by our patients. We are pleased to expand our capability to offer 3D exams with the addition of a second unit,” said Salters.
The technology used for 3D mammography is clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while also decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing when compared to 2D mammography.
A Genius exam includes both 2D and 3D images. During the 3D portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. The images are converted into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time.
The Maury Regional Women’s Center offers women their choice of 2D or 3D exams. Most Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, Medicare and Medicare Replacement plans currently cover the 3D portion. Other insurance plans are beginning to cover this service as well.
Individuals should check their specific insurance plan language to verify coverage. If your insurance provider will only cover a conventional 2D exam, that portion will be filed with your insurance and may be applied to your deductible. If your insurance covers the 3D portion, that may be applied to your deductible as well. If not covered by your insurance, the 3D portion will be your responsibility and must be paid at the time of the exam. The 3D portion is affordably priced at $95.
For more information about 3D mammography and other breast health services, visit MauryRegional.com. To schedule a mammogram, call 931.380.4044.