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"A 3D Mammogram Saved My Life!"

As the director of diagnostic services at Lovelace Medical Center, Rita Matteucci, 50, has always made her preventative health screenings a priority.

An annual mammogram is still to recur on Matteucci’s calendar, and this year was not different,  landing on August 3, 2018 at Lovelace Women’s Hospital Breast Care Center.

The Breast Care Center uses 3 dimensional (3D) mammography to detect early forms of breast cancer. Compared to a standard 2D mammogram, 3D mammography can penetrate breast tissue layer by layer, showing more accurate results.

Pastoral Care at Lovelace

 
The moment a patient steps into a Lovelace Health System hospital or clinic, our staff is committed to giving that individual the best possible care. Lovelace is also committed to caring for the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, families and staff, also known as “pastoral care.”
 
Lovelace is the only healthcare system in Albuquerque that relies primarily on volunteers to provide spiritual care and we are proud to offer patients comfort and guidance, regardless of spiritual belief.
 

Lovelace Offers 3D Mammography

 

If you schedule a mammogram at Lovelace Women’s Hospital Breast Care Center, did you know that you are scheduling a 3 dimensional (3D) mammogram? 3D mammography allows our specialists to detect smaller and earlier cancers, which in turn helps lead to better outcomes. Dr. Timothy Erwin, a radiologist at Lovelace Women’s Hospital, answers your 3D mammography questions in the interview below.

What is the difference between a 2D and 3D mammogram?

Loss Doulas Provide Support to Grieving Families

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Many times when an expecting mom and family lose an infant, they are faced with difficult and emotional choices. Often, the choices are more clinical in nature, such as what procedure they will face and how to go through labor knowing the family will meet their little one in a very bittersweet way.

Don't Wait . . . Vaccinate!

We’ve said it many times and we’ll say it again – get your flu shot. Flu season has already begun and New Mexicans are encouraged to protect themselves and others from influenza by getting their flu shot.

The science of the flu vaccine and how it affects the body is a common concern every fall. Dr. Angela Sanchez, family medicine physician with Lovelace Medical Group, explains how the flu shot works:

Babyproofing Your Home

Are you patiently awaiting the arrival of your little one? You may want to consider babyproofing your home before baby arrives. This allows time for you and other family members to get used to new changes around the house as you create a safe environment in which to bring your child home. Although supervision is the best thing you can do to keep your infant safe, there are multiples things you can do around the house to prevent injuries and save yourself a trip to the emergency room.

Stress and conception, is there a link?

 
It’s not always easy to “just relax and let it happen.”
 
Our minds and bodies can be negatively affected by stress and believe it or not, so can the chances of becoming pregnant. We live in a fast-paced society, driven by technology that always has us on the go. It’s quite easy to become stressed, anxious or tense.
 

Local Woman Encourages Smokers to Get Lovelace’s Cancer Screening

 
Millicent “Millie” Wilson, 60, was watching television one evening when she came across a commercial about a low-dose CT chest scan offered at Lovelace Cancer Center.
 
“Knowing that I smoked cigarettes for over 40 years, I researched online to see if I qualified for the low-dose CT scan,” said Millie.
 
The $99 low-dose CT chest scan for lung cancer screening is simple, effective and can improve the outcome with early diagnosis.