Union County Hospital in Anna hosted an open house on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 23, which gave visitors an opportunity to see new 3D mammography technology equipment. Those welcoming visitors during the open house included, from left, Jim Farris, Union County Hospital CEO; Peter Wories, the director of radiology at Union County Hospital; and Melinda Young, chief mammography technologist at the hospital.

3D mammography technology offered at Union County Hospital

Union County Hospital in Anna is offering new 3D mammography technology.  

The availability of the technology was highlighted during an open house which was hosted by the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 23. 

The open house, and the availability of the new technology, came during the 2019 observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The newly acquired on-site imaging technology at Union County Hospital offers enhanced diagnostic capabilities, better quality images and increased patient comfort.  

A new, 3D mammography unit at Union County Hospital provides more detailed pictures of patients’ breast tissue and reduces discomfort for the patient, which supports more rapid and accurate diagnosis and a more pleasant exam experience for the patient. 

A 3D mammography machine examines breast tissue through x-ray imaging.  

Mammography is commonly used to check for breast cancer in individuals who may have no signs or symptoms of the disease.  

The hospital noted that the new technology offers personalized soft compression, thus reducing discomfort for patients as optimal compression is automatically adjusted for each individual.  

It also offers improved diagnostic accuracy with the highest depth resolution on the market, which is key for tissue separation in 3D mammography, due to its 50-degree wide angle.   

“We are pleased to provide this level of technology to our patients,” Union County Hospital CEO Jim Farris stated.

“This has been made possible by a generous donation from the Union County Hospital District who has always been interested in promoting the health of our community.”

Peter Wories, long-time director of radiology at Union County Hospital, is grateful to have the new equipment available to serve the public.

“I am very grateful that we have it,” Wories said.

“We have this new unit at Union County Hospital to provide patients with the best care possible,” he added.

The new system has been dedicated in honor of the memory of Wories’ wife, Jean, whose life was claimed by metastitic breast disease.

The system makes high technology treatment available close to home for the people of the Union County area. The nearest such equipment is in Salem.

More information about the new system and scheduling patient care is available by contacting Union County Hospital at 833-4511, extension 4710 or 4711.

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