Fairview Range Breast Center now offers 3D mammography.  Doctors agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. Successful treatment and survival rates for breast cancer patients are dramatically affected by early detection of breast cancers. If breast cancer is found early, before it has spread to lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is almost 100%. 3D mammography detects 41% more invasive cancers, which are the ones that have spread outside of the milk duct into surrounding healthy tissues.

The Fairview Range Breast Center was completed and officially opened in October 2010, in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Located at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing, the Fairview Range Breast Center provides a comfortable atmosphere with state-of-the-art mammography and breast biopsy technology for diagnosing and treating breast cancer patients.  The Center is staffed by Mammographers, Ultrasound Technologists, and a Registered Nurse/Nurse Navigator, who offers personalized care by compassionately coordinating each patient’s journey through the breast cancer treatment process.


The Fairview Range Breast Center offers: 

■ Full field digital mammography

■ Breast Ultrasound 

■ Breast MRI 

■ Surgical Breast Biopsies 

■ Ultrasound Breast Biopsies 

■ Stereotactic Breast Biopsies

■ 3D Mammography


3D Mammography

Why 3D Mammography?

3D mammography detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40%. This means one simple thing: early detection.


Genius 3D mammography is the first and only clinically superior 3D mammography approved by the FDA


3D mammography allows doctors to see masses and distortions associated with cancers and precarious cells significantly more clearly than conventional 2D mammography. Instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with traditional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.


What is the difference between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?

A screening mammography is your annual mammogram that is done every year.


Sometimes, the radiologist may ask you to come back for follow-up images, called a diagnostic mammogram, to rule out an unclear area in the breast, or if there is a breast complaint that needs to be evaluated.


Who can have a 3D mammography exam?

3D mammography is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram.

Multiple clinical studies show that all women, regardless of breast type of density, benefit from 3D mammography.


What about radiation?

Very low x-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same as a film screen mammogram. The total patient dose of a Genius 3D mammogram is well with the FDA safety standards of mammography.


What should I expect during the 3D mammography exam?

A 3D mammography exam is very similar to having a traditional 2D mammogram.  Like a 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles.


There's no additional compression required with 3D mammography, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view.


The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review.  A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to either your physician or directly to you.

Patients are encouraged to call and ask their health care insurance provider if 3D Mammography is covered by their plan.

Angel Fund

Did you know that patients and their families may receive financial assistance if they are facing cancer treatment? The Angel Fund was established in the Fall of 2010 by the Hibbing Chamber of Commerce group, Women’s Innovative Network (WIN). This fund was created to provide financial assistance to local women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, since then the fund has expanded to serve all individuals with cancer. Examples of help offered include, but are not limited to: medical supplies, dressings, mastectomy supplies, gas cards, money for babysitters when attending medical appointments, nutritional supplements, etc. 

All requests must be submitted through a Request for Assistance form and are considered and reviewed by a donation committee. Any individual who is facing cancer treatment or survivorship is eligible to receive financial assistance through the Angel Fund.

Learn more, apply for assistance, or donate to the Angel Fund by visiting their website: www.angelfundrange.org.

Contact Us

The Breast Center is located in the Diagnostic Imaging Department on the second floor of Fairview Range Medical Center. Use the north parking lot and entrance to find us. We are pleased to answer any questions you may have. 

For more information of any diagnostic service or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 218-362-6626.

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