New Tools for Breast Cancer Detection

Hospital chain unveils new, 3D technology

DUNMORE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- Getting a mammogram has long been considered a vital medical test at detecting breast cancer early. But just as important as the mammogram itself is the technology used in the testing.

Commonwealth Health hosts an annual event called Mammothon. The phone call effort aims to schedule women for a mammogram who are past due. This year, some state-of-the-art tools are available for the potentially life-saving testing.

Now officially open after a Tuesday afternoon ribbon cutting, Commonwealth Health Center for Women's Imaging at Advanced Imaging Specialists on Meade Street in Dunmore is ready to take its mammogram testing to the next level. Inside the facility are three new, tomosynthesis 3D mammography systems. "This is a game-changer. It's not just an incremental improvement," said Commonwealth Health Radiologist Raymond Rubner, MD.

For decades, the only option women had for mammograms was 2D mammography Dr. Rubner, who specializes in breast imaging, says this equipment features an X-ray arm that sweeps over the breast taking multiple images in seconds. "It helps us detect smaller cancers earlier," he said.

Unlike standard 2D mammography, the 3-D tomosynthesis is capable of producing 1 millimeter image slices, dozens at a time that could help detect an abnormality.

Dr. Rubner scrolled through the 3D images that reveal a cyst. Next to it on the right, is a 2D image of the same breast that failed to reveal the sac-like material. The 3D imagery is especially helpful in detecting early breast cancer in women who have dense breasts or less fatty tissue. 

"I never in a million years thought that I would ever be diagnosed with breast cancer," said Valerie Coles who had a mammogram about eight years ago that detected breast cancer in its earliest stage. A lumpectomy resolved the disease. She's living proof that getting an annual mammogram starting at age 40 can be a lifesaver. "Probably the most important thing every year for me to do," said Mrs. Coles.

The annual Commonwealth Health Mammothon is Thursday, October 12, 2017. Volunteers from six hospitals and related clinics will call women reminding them to get a mammogram. In 2016, the effort resulted in 781 women scheduling a mammogram.
 


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