Think Pink for new digital mammography unit

“Today we’re at the Think Pink fundraising event for the digital mammography upgrade in Yorkton.

Nicole Ottenbreit bravely took the stage to share her journey, and continues to triumph, against breast cancer.

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Greg Ottenbreit, MLA and one of the organizers, added how important the upgrade really is.

“It’s a combination joint effort between Brayden Ottenbreit Close Cuts for Cancer and the Health Foundation to raise funds for that initiative, and it’s interesting as it’s kind of full circle; one of the first initiatives that Close Cuts did for a local initiative was the digital mammography equipment about 11 years ago.

“Now, it’s kind of run its cycle. It’s outdated, and the equipment is getting old. It needs to be upgraded.

“There’s new equipment, called tomosynthesis mammography that is better for different densities of tissues. It’s better for quicker diagnosis, so that they can start treating cancers -- especially breast cancers [that’s related to this equipment] quicker, for better outcomes.”

Tomosynthesis works by creating a fully 3D model of the breast from x-rays and computer reconstruction. This allows far more resolution and accuracy in locating cancerous cells, as the model can be zoomed into, spun around, and even annotated.

The level of detail allows more precise location of cancers allowing for more precise and thorough removals.

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