3D Mammography MRI Breast Package

(PUEBLO, COLO.) Breast tomosynthesis, one of the most advanced techniques for detecting breast cancer at its earliest, most curable stages will soon be available for the first time in southeastern Colorado at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. In addition to the ground-breaking 3-D mammography, women will also have access to state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities designed specifically for breast screening, including a new scanner, cutting-edge software and a dedicated high-tech breast patient table.

We know that patients have a better survival rate when breast cancer is identified and treated earlier which is why we are advancing the fight against cancer from every possible angle, said Brian Moore, president and CEO, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. This next generation technology builds on our breast care continuum and offers physicians and patients a comprehensive suite of solutions from screening and diagnosis through treatment and monitoring to provide the highest level of quality breast care to patients across the region.

Used with existing digital mammography equipment, the new 3-D mammography screening experience will be similar to a traditional mammogram. During a 3-D mammography exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3-D reconstruction of the breast, giving radiologists better visualization of the breast tissue and reducing the number of false positives and the need for additional tests or biopsies.

The new 1.5T scanner and VIBRANT software by GE Healthcare will provide patients with the most comprehensive breast MRI testing in the region with superior performance and high-definition image quality. The technology enables a bilateral breast exam to be performed in multiple planes with the same resolution and scan time as a single-breast MRI study. The advanced ergonomic design of the high-tech breast patient table will accommodate women's various body shapes and breast sizes and allow for closer images of the breast, a critical factor in image quality and for detecting breast abnormalities.

The acquisition of this revolutionary imaging equipment allows our patients access to the best preventative testing for breast cancer that currently exists, said Dr. Danny Ballenger, radiologist, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. Because breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women and one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime, early detection is imperative in terms of increasing a womans survival rate.

The next generation breast imaging technology marks a significant investment in the community and is another milestone in the ongoing development of St. Mary-Corwins Breast Center of Excellence made possible through the generosity of the St. Mary-Corwin Health Foundation. With a team of board-certified radiologists, breast surgeons, nurses, technologists and many others within a single location providing more than 17,000 screening and diagnostic mammograms annually, the center provides a truly coordinated approach that delivers the highest level of quality breast care to patients across the region.

The St. Mary-Corwin Breast Center of Excellence is recognized as one of the leading breast centers in the nation and one of only a handful of breast centers across the country with accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR), National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC), in accordance with the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC). These accreditations place St. Mary-Corwin in the top one percent in the nation and come after extensive program requirements have been met, including the submittal of mammography databases, analytic breast cases, patient satisfaction rates, and best practice implementations, ensuring a balanced approach to the highest quality of breast care.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a womans chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

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About St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning programs in womens services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwins expert team of physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care, with access to the latest in medical technology. St. Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, the regions leading health care network. For more information visitSt. Mary-Corwin Medical Center or follow us on Twitter@StMaryCorwinand onFacebook.

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