HARTSVILLE, SC (March 3, 2011) — This year in America, more than 184,450 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is advancing the fight against this pervasive disease by installing a new cutting edge digital mammography system for its patients.
This system, a GE Healthcare Senographe Digital Mammography system, provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film. What’s more, the system provides the largest field of view currently available, which can be extremely helpful for precision imaging of patients with diverse shapes and sizes.
"This is new and powerful technology for the detection and fight against breast cancer,” says Eddie Moore, Director of Radiology at Carolina Pines. “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 Radiologists accurate images to use in diagnosis."
In South Carolina, breast cancer will affect hundreds of our citizens this year. 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 new digital technology will provide both accuracy and increased ease of use for our patients,” says Moore. “Providing outstanding diagnostic equipment for patients is a vital step to good preventive health, and one we take very seriously."
There are many advantages to a digital system. The images are clear and easy to read, and it offers 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.
The Senographe Essential at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is also equipped with a Stereotactic Interventional device. After a suspicious area is identified on the diagnostic mammogram, the physician can perform a biopsy procedure in the same office where the mammogram took place. “Outstanding image quality is critical to breast biopsy procedures,” says Moore. “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.” Appointments are being taken now for Digital Mammograms at 339-4500 to begin in late March/early April.
Located in Hartsville, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is a 116- bed acute-care hospital serving more than 60,000 residents in Hartsville/Darlington and the contiguous counties. A full range of services and programs are offered: ER/Trauma Center, Surgery, Sleep Lab, The Wound Center, Sports Medicine and Rehab, Cardiac Rehab, The Women’s Place, Imaging Department with Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, CT and much more. Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Carolina Pines is located at 1304 W. Bobo Newsom Highway. Learn more information at www.cprmc.com.