IMAGING SPECIALISTS — Jennifer Stilwell, Reggie Syrotynski and Stacy Scott-Weber are radiological technologists and mammographers at the Mohawk Valley Health System Imaging Center. (Photo submitted)

MVHS 3D mammo helps detect even small tumors

Published Oct 5, 2017 at 12:00pm

Patients no longer need to travel outside the area for access to advanced technology for 3D mammograms/breast tomosynthesis which can be life-saving, says the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).

The MVHS Imaging Center, at 106 Business Park Drive in the Utica Business Park, uses GE SenoClaire 3D Breast Tomosynthesis Imaging.

Breast tomosynthesis uses a low-dose, short x-ray sweep to project images that are processed electronically to reconstruct a 3D representation of the entire breast. The technology can detect small cancers that digital mammograms may miss, and is beneficial to younger women and women with dense breast tissue, says MVHS.

A 3D mammography machine has been shown to increase detection of small tumors and provide better imaging for women with dense breast tissue. It is quickly becoming the standard in mammography, and the community benefits tremendously from the presence of the machine at the Imaging Center, says MVHS.

The Imaging Center has board-certified radiologists, plus registered and certified mammography and ultrasound technologists. The radiologists have undergone training in advanced breast imaging.

​The new technology offers a more specific screening for breast cancer, enabling improvements in the care offered to women in the community, said Dr. Nancy Sheehan, a radiologist at the Imaging Center.

​The center is designated by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The college bases the designation on factors including the passing of a breast imaging accreditation program.

The Imaging Center works with the MVHS Cancer Center in providing care and services for patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast Patient Navigator Program

Patients are guided and supported through the care sequence. Patients’ physical and psychological needs are addressed through education and support during every step, MVHS says. A team approach ensures coordinated care from diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship, MVHS added.

Breast Care Program

MVHS says its Breast Care Program is the only one locally that provides patients with access to an interdisciplinary team approach to their breast care. Drs. John Sperling, Mark Williams and Chris Max lead a team of healthcare providers dedicated to prevention, early detection and care of breast cancer.

The program offers practical advice to help patients navigate their diagnoses and receive treatment needed, says MVHS. It added that the team can address any breast health issue, and is ready to meet with patients to evaluate abnormal mammograms, perform breast exams or evaluate risk due to family history.

After Breast Cancer (ABC)Support Network

The network provides education, information and emotional support for women and men facing biopsy, surgery or recovery from breast cancer.

In Oneida County, says MVHS, 89 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer choose to receive treatments at its Cancer Center. Breast cancer is the number one cancer treated at the center.

“Thanks to the generosity of our community over the past three years, we have been able to purchase a new CT scanner and a new Varian Edge linear accelerator to provide the most up-to-date care for patients who are newly diagnosed,” MVHS said. “The 3D mammography technology will provide accurate, efficient and patient-friendly breast imaging solutions to enable early detection and early care.”

The new technology is funded, in part, through the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses in the community, says MVHS. Contributions to the 2016 Stomp Out Cancer Telethon and proceeds from the MVHS Foundation Golf event also supported the purchase of the machine.