Madison County Hospital Adds Powerful New Tool in Fight for Early Detection of Breast Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 254,650 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2009 in the U.S. In November, thanks to the hospital foundation’s Breast Cancer Initiative, The Battelle Breast Care Center at Madison County Hospital advanced the fight against this pervasive disease by installing a state-of-the-art digital mammography system.
The GE Healthcare Senographe Digital Mammography system provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film. What’s more, the system provides the largest field of view currently available, which can be extremely helpful for precision imaging of patients with diverse shapes and sizes.
“This is new and powerful technology for the detection and fight against breast cancer,” said Dr. Mitchell Spahn, medical director of The Battelle Breast Care Center. “Digital systems such as this allow us to offer our patients state-of-the-art mammograms that are faster and easier. And it gives our referring physicians extremely accurate images to use in diagnosis.”
Madison County women have an extremely high rate of late stage breast cancer diagnosis, which means patients are not being diagnosed with breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage. This may be due to a lack of screening. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram.
Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, and with a 98 percent survival rate if the disease is found in its earliest stage, there should be no excuses when it comes to getting screened.
“This new digital technology will provide both high-precision accuracy and increased ease of use for our patients,” says Dr. Spahn. “By adding digital mammography and stereotactic biopsy to the hospital’s breast MRI and sentinel node biopsy capabilities, we are able to provide the best diagnostic equipment possible to patients.”
There are many advantages to a digital system. The images are clear and easy to read, and it offers a better view of the breast, especially near the skin line, chest wall and in women with diverse breast tissue types. The digital image is ready to read within 10 seconds – there is no longer a wait for films to be developed to be sure the images are usable. Digital mammograms take as little as half the time of film. And if a second opinion is needed, the image can be sent electronically to a consulting physician virtually instantaneously.
The hospital would like to thank all those who have donated to the Madison County Hospital Foundation’s Breast Cancer Initiative.
“This digital mammography system belongs to the community,” said Mona Flax, Executive Director of the Madison County Hospital Foundation. “It is a direct result of Madison County’s support of the Breast Cancer Initiative. I hope in turn that the community will now take advantage of this advanced screening unit.”
Schedule your appointment today by calling 740-845-7100. No doctor’s order is necessary for a routine screening.