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Grant will bring 3D mammogram technology to Ontario

Staff members at the Breast Care Center at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario are looking forward to offering this new service to local patients. From left are Sue Lzicar, RNBSN; Betty Kiser, RTRM; Jessica Bates, RDMS; and Dr. Janet Cegnar. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – In about six months, patients in Malheur County won’t have to drive into Idaho to access the latest and most accurate in mammogram technology.

A machine providing 3D mammograms is coming to the breast care center at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario, thanks to $432,000 in grants and local donations.

This latest technology “detects up to 41% more cancers and reduces cost to patients because it greatly reduces callback rates,” said Sue Lzicar, registered nurse and nurse navigator at the Ontario Breast Care Center.

Mammograms done in 3D provide “slides” of images . . .