Hugh Chatham News & Notes

Hugh Chatham Imaging Center to Introduce Genius™ 3D Mammography

Elkin, N.C. – The Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Women’s Imaging Center is pleased to announce the arrival of the Genius ™ 3D Mammography Exam.   This state-of-the-art technology brings the newest standards of breast imaging to our community. 3D Mammography will aid in earlier detection of cancers, resulting in better treatment options and a higher probability of cure.

Director of Imaging Services Missy Church noted, “Providing our region with Genius ™ 3D Mammography Exams is a major step forward in providing the most advanced preventive and diagnostic tools to the women in our community. This technology has proven to detect diseases of the breast earlier and literally saves lives. I feel very fortunate to work in a healthcare organization that backs up its commitment to exceptional care with investments like 3D Mammography.”

3D Mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, utilizes x-rays to produce far more detailed images of breast tissue, allowing radiologists to view the breast in 1-millimeter ‘slices’ rather than just the full thickness of the tissue from the top and side. Additionally, research indicates that radiologists are now able to more accurately interpret results from 3D Mammography in dense breast tissue, which leads to fewer false-positive and false-negative readings.

“Early detection of disease is not just a priority, but an absolute call to action for healthcare providers across the globe - including right here in the Yadkin Valley” said Hugh Chatham chief radiologist Dr. Paul Beerman. According to hospital Chief Executive Officer Paul Hammes, “This investment underscores our commitment to providing easy access to the most advanced care available for our patients. Evening appointments are available, and results are quickly interpreted by our exceptional board certified radiologists on staff at Hugh Chatham.”

Hammes added, “Bringing Genius™3D Mammography Exams to the residents of the Yadkin Valley region is yet another example of our vision in action: ‘to be the best community hospital in the nation, with service as our guiding principle.’”

About Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital

Hugh Chatham ( is a not-for-profit community health care network of physician clinics and an 81-bed acute care hospital that delivers high quality, convenient health care to residents of the Yadkin Valley and Foothills region of North Carolina and parts of southwestern Virginia. Employing more than 800 team members, Hugh Chatham includes a medical group of more than 70 providers across 26 locations and five counties. Headquartered in Elkin, North Carolina, Hugh Chatham is a leader in using technology to coordinate care for patients and to make healthcare more accessible, and cost-effective.

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