Bringing New Vision to Mammograms - Monday, June 1, 2015
Dr. Mignonne Morrell
Bringing New Vision to Mammograms
May 31, 2015 by Meri Monsour
New Orleans Living Magazine
recent decades, the world of breast cancer diagnostics and treatment
has made huge advancements, and the introduction of 3D mammography is
among them. This recently FDA-approved technique, known as
tomosynthesis, allows radiologists like Dr. Mignonne Morrell to more
accurately detect breast cancer, while also reducing the number of false
positives during her exams.
A true breakthrough in the diagnosis of breast cancer, 3D mammography
takes image "slices” of the breast from multiple angles and then
creates a 3D image.
This allows Dr. Morrell to better visualize the size, shape and
location of an abnormality, making it easier to distinguish a harmless
finding from a real tumor, which ultimately results in earlier detection
and fewer false positives.
"With this new generation of tomosynthesis, we are able to improve
our level of detection and reduce unnecessary callbacks, all while using
the same radiation dosage,” explains Dr. Morrell, a radiologist with
the LSU Healthcare Network.
A New Orleans native, Dr. Morrell attended Benjamin Franklin High
School before receiving her B.A. in Psychology from the University of
New Orleans and her doctorate from Louisiana State University Health
Sciences Center – New Orleans. She completed her residency in Diagnostic
Radiology and her fellowship in Women’s and Breast Imaging there as
Later this summer, Dr. Morrell and her team will be able to offer
this new 3D mammography technology to patients at their St. Charles
Avenue clinic. This type of continuous improvement to technology and
treatment offerings is one of the aspects that initially attracted Dr.
Morrell to the field of radiology.
"It’s a very intellectual field,” she explains. "New technology is
always on the horizon and there is always something to learn.”
While the technology was the original draw for Dr. Morrell, it is the
patient interaction that keeps her interest on a daily basis.
"Diagnostic radiology isn’t just about sitting in a dark room all day
long,” she laughs. "I love helping women through the process, reassuring
and guiding them through the next steps of treatment.”
Over the past few years, there has been some debate regarding the
recommended frequency of mammogram screenings. Dr. Morrell advises
patients to adhere to the recommendations set forth by the American
Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology, which encourage
all women to begin annual mammograms at age 40. She also says to
continue regular self-exams and to be aware of any changes.
"Though technology is constantly improving, there is no perfect
test,” Dr. Morrell says. "So it’s important to know your body, trust
your instincts and call your doctor!”
Dr. Mignonne Morrell
Charles Ave. Multi-Specialty
3700 St. Charles Ave., 3rd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70115
Doctorate: LSU Health Sciences Center
Fellowship: Women’s and Breast Imaging — LSU Health Sciences Center
Residency: Diagnostic Radiology — LSU Health Sciences Center
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