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Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital introduces 3D mammography and dedicated breast radiologist to breast care program

Women in Leavenworth and surrounding communities now have a better chance for early detection of breast cancer. Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital has begun offering 3D mammography, the highest level of mammography technology available. William P. Smith, M.D., a dedicated breast radiologist at Saint Luke’s North Hospital with expertise in detecting breast cancer, also has joined the team to read all mammograms performed at the hospital.

“Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer, and the addition of a 3D mammography system at Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital offers women greater access to the highest standard of care available and greater diagnostic accuracy,” said Timothy J. Pluard, M.D., Medical Director for Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute.  

Dr. Smith is exclusively dedicated to reviewing mammography results and consulting with patients. He is one of four dedicated breast radiologists who care for patients through Saint Luke’s Integrated Breast Care Network. 

“The superior screening capability of 3D mammograms detects 30 to 40 percent more invasive breast cancer than traditional 2D mammograms, without a significant increase in exposure to radiation,” said Dr. Smith. “More women are choosing 3D mammograms because they provide exceptionally useful images and result in less additional imaging and biopsies. Nearly all women may significantly benefit from 3D, and especially those with dense breast tissue. Everyone should consider it for their next mammogram.”

Most insurance plans cover traditional screening mammograms. Additional fees may apply for the 3D technology in addition to the regular mammogram. It is recommended that patients check with Saint Luke’s Cushing hospital and their insurance company prior to scheduling a mammogram to determine their coverage.

Beginning in January 2016 all breast centers in Saint Luke’s Health System will offer 3D mammography technology, as well as reads and biopsies exclusively performed by dedicated breast radiologists, through the Integrated Breast Care Network.

To schedule a mammogram, women are encouraged to call Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital at 913-684-1156.

Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital is a member of Saint Luke’s Health System, which consists of 10 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.