Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Early Detection of Breast Cancer Saves Lives – Making 3D Mammography Happen at Crossing Rivers Health


3D Tomosynthesis Mammography, the most advanced mammography technology available, was not currently offered in the northeast Iowa or southwest Wisconsin region served by Crossing Rivers Health.


Crossing Rivers Health strongly believes residents of rural communities deserve access to the best quality healthcare and technology available, without having to travel long distances.

The Crossing Rivers Health Medical Imaging department utilized collaborative partnerships with several organizations to reduce the overhead costs to purchase a 3D Mammography unit. Improved quality through leading-edge technology provides increased cancer detection rate, specifically for invasive breast cancers. With 3D Mammography, breast cancers can be detected at the earliest stages when they are most easily cured.


Since the inception of this advanced technology in April 2016, the Medical Imaging department maintained a 100% rating of “Excellent” for the first 9 months, as measured by outpatient satisfaction surveys. Smaller, Stage 1 cancers have been detected at an estimated 25% higher rate as compared to 2D.

For the first time, patients who did have a positive cancer diagnosis had the option to discuss their results directly with a radiologist, who also helped to develop a plan of care that was personalized for that patient. No additional cost was incurred by any patient to obtain a 3D versus a 2D mammogram. Furthermore, catching the cancer early provides a significant reduction in cost to the patient, as the course of treatment would be less extensive.


Established in 1957, Crossing Rivers Health offers the people of southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa access to more than 100 healthcare services. We’re proud to deliver high quality, personalized healthcare and education to people in every stage of life, collaboratively with other regional healthcare providers.

Check out the project video and view the Crossing Rivers Health page in the 2017 Intalere Best Practices Compendium.

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