GI Regional Medical Clinic opens mammogram department

Published: Feb. 3, 2021 at 8:57 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island Regional Medical Center has been open for a few months and are now getting their mammogram and breast biopsy department up and running.

The department is full of doctors from Grand Island and also some brand new equipment to make for easy and speedy appointments.

“We offer 2D and 3D mammos here as well as the biopsies and everything you might need if you have an irregular mammogram here,” Radiology Technologist Marilee Chervinka said.

With a biopsy machine on-site, this means if doctors see something out of the ordinary they can look further right there.

“If the schedule allows, it could allow them to have it done the same day that we see it, which is good for the patient,” Radiologist Dr. Amanda Dimmitt said. “You don’t have to stay home and let that ruminate in your head for a while.”

For further peace of mind, the hospital also works with several area practices. If a woman wants to keep the doctor who referred her to the hospital while going through this process, that can be arranged.

“It is better for everyone involved if you don’t have to navigate a workup that somebody else has started,” Dr. Dimmitt said.

Medical staff says despite everyone turning their focus to COVID-19 right now, it is still important for women over 40 to remember their annual mammograms.

“Try not to skip your year,” Chervinka said. “Within that year your lesion, if you do have one even if you can’t feel it, can grow bigger than you would like if you would just go initially detect it.’

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