May 21, 2012
Kenmore Mercy Hospital officials, medical staff, and clinicians gathered today to unveil Kenmore Mercy’s newest tool in the fight against breast cancer, a Mammomat Inspiration digital mammography system from Siemens Medical Solutions.
The hospital, a member of Catholic Health, recently invested $300,000 to overhaul its former mammography suite and to purchase the new system that provides digital imaging, screening and diagnostic mammography.
Rev. Nancy Faery and Chaplain Barbara Britting bless Kenmore Mercy Hospital's new digital mammography system.
Erica Scherer, Angela Meyers, Kelly Henderson, Kari Kurtzhaluts and Lisa Zacher gather around Kenmore Mercy Hospital's new digital mammography system during the blessing.
“We know that the earlier a breast cancer is detected, the greater the chance for cure,” said Mark Weissman, MD, chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
“Millions of women are surviving breast cancer today, thanks to early detection and improvements in testing and treatment.”
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year in America. Screening mammography is still recognized as the most effective tool available for the early detection of breast cancer and digital mammography offers significant benefits to women.
A breast exam by a doctor should also be part of a periodic health exam every year for women aged 40 and above.
The Mammomat Inspiration captures breast images with an X-ray detector that converts images into a digital picture that can be displayed immediately on the system's computer monitor. Unlike film, digital mammograms allow physicians to manipulate image characteristics such as magnification, orientation, brightness and contrast, which improve the ability to view specific areas of the breast.
In addition, because digital mammography allows a radiologist to adjust, store, and retrieve digital images electronically, health care providers can share image files electronically and securely, making long-distance consultations between radiologists and clinicians easier. Digital imaging provides superior image quality so that subtle differences between normal and abnormal tissues are easily identified.
“Digital mammography feels identical to conventional screening from a patient’s perspective, though our patients may notice shorter exam times and a reduction in the need to obtain additional images,” said Lisa Zacher, chief technologist and lead mammographer at Kenmore Mercy.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital offers flexible outpatient appointments for mammograms Monday - Friday. Monday evening appointments are also available. For more information call (716) 447-6111.
Catholic Health also offers digital mammography at the M. Steven Piver, M.D. Center for Women’s Health & Wellness on the Sisters of Charity Hospital campus and at the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center.