This year in America, approximately 185,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which is the most common cancer among women. Today, Jersey Shore Hospital advanced the fight against this disease by installing a new innovative digital mammography system for its patients: the GE Senographe Essential.
This new and powerful technology for the detection and fight against breast cancer allows Jersey Shore Hospital to offer their patients state-of-the-art mammograms that are precise, clear, and more comfortable. This new system provides the largest field of view currently available which reduces the need for extra exposures during the procedure, reducing radiation dose and gives physicians accurate images to use in diagnosis.
“This new technology will provide accurate results and increased ease of use for our patients says Dr. Lisa Strawser, Radiologist, at Jersey Shore Hospital. “Providing superior diagnostic equipment for our patients is great for preventive health. We are both proud and fortunate to utilize such a powerful tool.”
There are many advantages to this digital system. The GE Senographe Essential offers an excellent view of the breast, especially near the skin line, chest wall, and in women with diverse breast tissue types. The digital images are ready immediately for the radiologists to view. When coupled with PowerScribe, a voice recognition system geared towards Radiologists, and Meditech electronic medical record, efficiency and turn-around times for both patients and physicians have improved.
The American Cancer Society recommends women over 20 years old perform breast self-examinations every month, women between 20-39 have a clinical breast exam every three years, and women over 40 have a clinical breast exam and mammogram every year.
It has been proven that mammograms save lives. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women age 40 years or older have never had a mammogram.
Jersey Shore Hospital staff is accredited in Mammography by the American College of Radiology (ACR), and provide advanced, personalized healthcare, within reach. Appointments are available through your physician, or by calling (570) 398-5165.
If you are uninsured, you may qualify for a free mammogram through a grant provided by Susan G. Komen. To find out if you meet the qualifications, please call 570-398-5289.