Hospital lauds digital mammogram machine as latest technology against breast cancer

Posted by on Oct 26, 2010 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

A new Digital Mammography machine at the King Edward VII Hospital promises to step up the island’s fight against breast cancer.

Last year breast cancer was the most commonly registered type of cancer in women — accounting for 34 percent of newly-diagnosed cancers.

The new technology is manufactured by GE, called GE Healthcare Senographe Digital Mammography System. It will be an asset at the hospital’s mammography department.

Left to right: Renee Butterfield, Terricca Glasford, Terri Farnan, Nicole Paragh-Morgan and Dr. Daniel Stovell

Manager of Mammography, Terricca Glasford said: “As a woman, your risk of breast cancer increases as you get older, so having an annual mammogram once you turn 40 is one of the best chances you can give yourself of catching breast cancer early.

“It should be part of your annual wellness check, just like a pap test for cervical cancer.  We do all we can to make sure the mammogram is as comfortable as possible and as this equipment is faster, the test takes as little as half the time of film.

“We are excited because this new digital technology will provide greater accuracy and increased ease of use for our patients, and will help us save lives.”

According to Dr. Daniel Stovell, chief of diagnostic imaging, the apparatus represents the only mammography service on-island that has a digital machine equipped with Stereotactic Interventional device for biopsies.

“With our new equipment,” she noted, “the digital image is ready to read almost immediately, helping us radiologists provide results much faster than when using film.

“Additionally, we are the only mammography service on island that has a digital machine equipped with a .

“Outstanding image quality is critical to breast biopsy procedures and the Senographe Essential Interventional system gives us excellent visibility for clinical confidence.

“It is an efficient and effective way to provide an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible.”

The installation of this equipment means the entire Diagnostic Imaging Department at KEMH is now digital.

The machine is equipped to provide stereotactic biopsies, which are the next diagnostic step following a suspicious mammogram.

KEMH is the only Mammography Department in Bermuda to offer these biopsies.

The equipment also has the largest field of view currently available, which can be extremely helpful for precision imaging of patients with diverse shapes and sizes.

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