Year in Review 2014: Southwestern Illinois

Breast Health Center adds to diagnostics services at Memorial Hospital

p15 mammography systemThe Selenia Dimensions 3D mammography system.Special to the Illinois Business Journal
    The Breast Health Center of Excellence at Memorial Hospital continues to offer the latest diagnostic technology with the addition of the Selenia Dimensions 3D mammography system to its breast health services.
    Three-dimensional mammography, also called breast tomosynthesis, is an innovative new screening and diagnostic tool by Hologic that allows doctors to see breast tissue in multiple slices, brought together in crystal-clear images. This advancement helps to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable.
    “Memorial is the only hospital in Southwestern Illinois to offer this technology,” said Pam Holbrook, director of Radiology at Memorial. “We are excited to be able to provide this to our patients.”
    Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. The Hologic system used by Memorial offers exceptionally sharp breast images and an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort.
    “We believe breast tomosynthesis will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients and is especially valuable for women receiving baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer,” said James Clanahan, MD, medical director of The Breast Center at Memorial and general surgeon with Lincoln Surgical.
    During a 3D mammogram, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, capturing multiple images. A 3D image of the breast is easier to read and finds 40 percent more invasive cancer than is seen using conventional 2D mammography.
    The radiation exposure from a 3D mammogram is about the same as a traditional mammogram, and it only takes a few seconds longer to complete. Use of this new technology has been proven to reduce the need for follow-up exams, because the images are presented in a way that is easier for radiologists to review. No additional compression is needed for the exam and it is approved for women needing both screening and diagnostic mammograms.
    The Breast Health Center of Excellence offers a medical staff of experienced physicians, surgeons, radiologists and oncologists. A Health Nurse Navigator is present to ensure continuity of care and to facilitate treatment options.
    The hospital said
its goal is to give patients peace of mind and the caring and compassion that they expect.
    For more information about The
Breast Health Center of Excellence at Memorial, call (618) 257-5960 or visit