St. Francis Adds Powerful New Tool In Fight For Early Detection Of Breast Cancer
This year in America, more than 212,920 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, St. Francis Medical Center has advanced the fight against this pervasive disease by installing a new, state-of-the-art digital mammography system for its patients.
This system, a 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,” says Jerry Jablonowski, president and CEO. “Digital systems allow us to offer our patients state-of- the-art mammograms that are faster and easier than ever before. And it gives our referring physicians extremely accurate images to use in diagnosis.”
Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
“This new digital technology will provide both high-precision accuracy and increased ease of use for our patients,” says Beverly Rauenzahn, director of radiology. “Providing the best diagnostic equipment possible to patients is a vital step to good preventive health, and one we take very seriously.”
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 Senographe Essential at St. Francis Medical Center is equipped with the Seno Advantage 2 Review Workstation. This workstation allows physicians to simply, quickly, and easily review patient’s images, including information from multi-modality studies, at a single point of review.
Physicians have the ability to pull up a patient’s previous mammography exams for historical comparison or for comparison against other types of images, such as those acquired by ultrasound or MR, resulting in a more comprehensive view of a specific patient’s medical history. The workstation also simplifies the sharing of information and images to referring physicians and surgeons.
St. Francis Medical Center, a member of Catholic Health East, is an acute care teaching hospital, which features regional services including the Heart Hospital, Regional Cancer Center, Neuroscience Institute, the Center for Advanced Weight Loss, the Imaging Center, Sleep Disorders Center, and an extensive Community Outreach Program. St. Francis Medical Center is
also the first hospital in the
Trenton/Mercer area to achieve and maintain Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
St. Francis Medical Center Radiology, 609-599-5163.