Published: 05/20/2014

Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health Offers Leading Edge Imaging

 
Lewisburg, PA – Evangelical Community Hospital’s Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health announced today they are continuing to be on the leading edge of breast care by now offering Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) for imaging of women with dense breasts.
 
The recently installed somo∙v™ ABUS Platinum system from GE Healthcare adds to the already state-of-the-art imaging services provided at the Center for Breast Health and increases its wide-array of women’s health services by using a radiation-free, whole breast method of imaging.
 
Compared to other imaging technology, this 3D whole breast ultrasound technology is designed specifically for patients with dense tissue and works in conjunction with mammography, which is still the only method of detecting cancers associated with calcifications. Compared to another commonly used technology called Breast Tomosynthesis (3D mammography), the ABUS system provides more accuracy in identifying abnormalities in dense breasts and is a readily accepted diagnostic tool by most insurances, offsetting fees for which the patient might be responsible.
 
“We are very excited to add the GE Healthcare ABUS system to our comprehensive breast imaging capabilities,” said John F. Turner, MD, FACS, Clinical Co-Manager of the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health at Evangelical. “Mammography is an effective tool for the early detection of breast cancer; however, it doesn’t work equally well in all women, particularly those with dense breast tissue. The ability to offer ABUS in addition to mammography ensures our patients are getting the fullest range of imaging available, in the safest manner possible.”
 
Dense breast tissue not only increases the risk of breast cancer, but also makes cancer more difficult to detect using mammography alone, according to multiple large studies. One study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed mammography sensitivity is significantly reduced in women with dense breasts, as density masks the appearance of tumors. As breast density goes up, the accuracy of mammograms goes down. Studies have shown that automated breast ultrasound is clinically proven to increase cancer detection by 35.7% over mammography alone for women with dense breasts.
 
By law, women must be notified by their healthcare providers if mammograms reveal they have dense breast tissue. The Center not only notifies patients they have this type of tissue, but they go the next step by providing them with educational materials and consultation to help them understand and make the best decisions possible for their health.
 
“We realize there are other options in our local healthcare arena for breast care services including Breast Tomosynthesis, but we specifically chose this new 3D ultrasound technology for its superior ability to capture images of abnormalities through lower compression, without additional radiation exposure,” said Kenneth Jusko, DO, Medical Director of Imaging Services for Evangelical Community Hospital.
 
Using proprietary technology to automate the ultrasound imaging process, the somo∙v ABUS Platinum system was developed specifically for imaging of the dense breast. The somo∙VIEWer™ Advanced 3D Workstation enables fast, accurate review and archiving of patient exams.
 
Jusko said, “At the end of the day, our goal is to help every woman who has an abnormality detect it, find it early, and take whatever means necessary to resolve it.”
 
The Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health at Evangelical Community Hospital is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary breast care center that provides innovative, integrated, high quality care delivered in an atmosphere designed with women in mind.
 
The team includes dedicated breast surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, a nurse practitioner, a breast health nurse specialist, certified mammographers, certified navigators, and dedicated support staff.
 
To schedule an appointment to learn if you are a candidate for dense breast 3D ultrasound, call the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health at 570-522-4200.
 
Evangelical Community Hospital, a non-profit hospital committed to the health of its communities, is supporting the fight against cancer by serving as one of four 2014 Regional Sponsors for Relay for Life events being held in Lewisburg, Milton, Selinsgrove, and Midd-West School Districts.
 
Evangelical employs approximately 1626 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming Counties.

Jan Fisk, RT(R)(M), a Registered Radiology Technologist at the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health at Evangelical Community Hospital uses the new somo∙v™ ABUS Platinum system from GE Healthcare on Brandy Kift of Muncy. The new whole breast ultrasound equipment, which is now available to patients, is designed specifically for use after a traditional mammogram identifies a woman as having dense breast tissue.