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8/5/09: Emerson Hospital adds powerful new tool in fight for early detection of breast cancer

Emerson Hospital recently installed a new, cutting-edge digital mammography system for patients. The GE Healthcare Senographe Digital Mammography system provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film. The system provides the largest field of view currently available, which can be helpful for precision imaging of patients with diverse shapes and sizes.

The digital system’s images are clear and easy to read and offer an excellent 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.

This year in the United States, more than 184,450 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 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 is new and powerful technology for the detection and fight against breast cancer,” said David Rose, MD, chair of the radiology department at Emerson Hospital. “Digital systems such as the new Senographe Essential allow us to offer our patients state-of-the-art mammograms that are fast and easy. And it gives our referring physicians accurate images to use in diagnosis. This new digital technology will provide both accuracy and increased ease of use for our patients. Providing outstanding diagnostic equipment for patients is a vital step to good preventive health, and one we take very seriously.”

Emerson’s Breast Health Center in Concord, designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, and mammography services in Westford bring together advanced technology and a highly-trained staff in facilities designed for comfort, convenience, and privacy. The hospital’s 100 percent digital imaging is augmented when necessary by ultrasound, breast MRI, and other imaging modalities. Diagnosis of most breast problems can be made with stereotactic or ultrasound-guided needle biopsy, an accurate and less invasive method that is available at the Breast Health Center in Concord.

There are two new digital units located at the Emerson Hospital Health Center in Westford on Route 110. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to3:30 pm. There is one new unit located in Concord at the Breast Health Center (747 Main Street, Concord Professional Building). Appointments are available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm. Two additional units will be installed at the Concord facility by September 2009, which will provide availability Monday through Friday at both facilities. To schedule a mammogram at Emerson Hospital, call 978-287-8107.