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SSM Health St. Francis brings the latest technology to the community


In a continuing effort to provide the most up-to-date care to Maryville and the surrounding area, SSM Health St. Francis Hospital is adding two new and exciting technologies.

First is 3D mammography, a true breakthrough in the early detection of breast cancer. Over 40 million screening mammograms are performed each year in the United States, yet one in 10 women is called back for additional examinations, often because an image is unclear. The vast majority of these tests are done with 2D mammography, which can be limited since the technology only provides a flat image of the breast. The breast itself is made up of milk ducts, ligaments, fat and blood vessels, which can overlap and cause uncertainty when viewed as a two-dimensional image. As a result, small breast cancers may go undetected.

3D mammography uses a revolutionary process called tomosynthesis, which allows a physician to better distinguish masses or tissues that could be cancerous. During the procedure, an X-ray arm moves over the breast, taking multiple images that are converted into a 3D image. The physician can then examine this detailed image one "slice" at a time, to see the breast tissue layer by layer.

The use of 3D mammography has proven to provide better imaging of masses and other breast abnormalities, reduce false positives or callbacks by 40% and be more accurate in detecting breast cancers early. 

Annual screening mammograms are recommended for all women ages 40 and above. Schedule yours today! Call 660-562-7907.

The latest technology for the finest care.

The second imaging service SSM Health St. Francis is now pleased to offer is 64-slice CT technology. Computed tomography (CT) uses X-rays to take pictures of various sections of the body and deliver high-resolution, 3D imaging of the brain, lungs, heart, blood vessels and other key organs or areas.​

64-slice CT technology​ offers improved speed and image quality compared to conventional CT scanners, with four times the number of detectors. The scans can help find abnormalities which can indicate disease, determine how far the disease has spread, and show the effects of treatment and how the body responds to it.

CT scanning generally takes 30 minutes or less and requires patients to lie very still. Often times, a contrast agent is used to help visualize organs and tissues in the images. Contrast is generally given through an IV or taken by mouth.

By adding both 3D mammography​ and 64-slice CT technology to existing imaging services like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans, SSM Health St. Francis is bringing the advanced technology usually found in big-city hospitals right here to Nodaway County. Now area residents won't have to travel long distances to find the latest methods for detecting, diagnosing and treating conditions like cancer and heart disease, and with early detection, get a jump on beating them.