Advanced breast cancer system offered

STEUBENVILLE – Women who undergo routine mammograms at Trinity Health System’s Breast Services now have the latest screening and diagnostic technology available to them.

Images is one of the first women’s centers in Ohio to offer tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening. Breast tomosynthesis helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

The center’s Selenia Dimensions breast tomosynthesis system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. The Selenia Dimensions system offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort and the ground-breaking tomosynthesis platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance.

Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with conventional 2D mammography has a higher cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone. Radiologists are reporting that tomosynthesis technology gives them increased confidence with a significant reduction in recall rates.

During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images then are used to produce a series of 1-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

“We are very pleased to have this state-of-the-art technology. The 3D technology allows me to see more detail on the mammographic images,” stated Dr. Belen Vargas, medical director of Images. By offering women the best technology in mammographic imaging, Images hopes to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

“As a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence by the National Quality Measures of Breast Centers, Images is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering breast tomosynthesis digital mammography, the staff and radiologists at Images show their continued commitment to offering the best and newest diagnostic technology,” said Judy Zavatsky, director of imaging services at Trinity Health System.

Images also offers dedicated breast ultrasound, ultrasound guided breast biopsy, MRI of the breast, MRI guided breast biopsy and stereo guided breast biopsy. Trinity Health System has a Certified Patient Breast Navigator and all technologists are certified by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in their respective modalities. To schedule a mammogram, call (740) 283-7440, or for information about tomosynthesis, call Images Mammography Center at (740) 283-7848.