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New 3D Mammography a Clear Choice for Finding, ID’ing Tumors

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Cancer, Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Foundation | 0 comments

Technology at Sutter Amador Is on Par with Major Hospitals in Nation

JACKSON, Calif. – Discovering a hidden tumor in dense breast tissue can be like trying to find a speck of gold buried in the river. But, thanks to community philanthropy efforts, Gold Country women now have access to the latest 3D mammography technology that is capable of discovering previously hidden tumors and decreasing the chances of what are termed “false positives.”

From left, Sutter Amador Hospital Mammographer Joanne Shugart, Mammography Supervisor Renee Devaney and Radiologist Phil Granchi, M.D., with the new Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography unit that debuted this week at the hospital.

From left, Sutter Amador Hospital Mammographer Joanne Shugart, Mammography Supervisor Renee Devaney and Radiologist Phil Granchi, M.D., with the new Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography unit that debuted this week at the hospital.

The new, top-of-the-line Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography unit debuted this week at Sutter Amador Hospital, with about 100 patients getting their annual mammograms with images that are much clearer and more comprehensive. It is the first 3D mammography unit in the greater area, giving Sutter Amador mammography technology that’s on par with major hospitals and radiological centers in the nation.

“This new 3D mammography unit is a super-high-tech machine that provides a much more detailed scan, particularly in dense breast tissue,” said Sutter Amador Radiologist Phil Granchi, M.D. “Like a spy satellite that can find something hiding in the jungle, this new technology creates high-definition images in different positions to discover hidden breast cancer.”

Dr. Granchi says this new technology will also help Sutter Amador’s radiologists better determine what type of mass or growth they are looking at due to the sharpness of the image. Because of this, they’ll be able to minimize the number of growths that are false positives and need to be biopsied.

Sutter Amador Hospital Mammography Supervisor Renee Devaney, left, and Mammographer Joanne Shugart check out images taken by the new Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography unit.

Sutter Amador Hospital Mammography Supervisor Renee Devaney, left, and Mammographer Joanne Shugart check out images taken by the new Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography unit.

“That means we won’t need to scratch our heads about what we’re seeing,” Dr. Granchi said. “We’ll be able to see clearly if it’s something we should be concerned about.”

3D mammography captures images of each breast at every degree over a 15 degree arc in two planes. This creates hundreds of images of the breast rather than the traditional four images provided by a digital mammogram. Tomosynthesis images allow the radiologist to scan through the breast in 1 millimeter increments, enabling the radiologist to differentiate overlapping breast tissue simulating a mass from a true breast cancer. This increases breast cancer detection and decreases the need for additional images and biopsies allowing for quicker diagnosis and peace of mind for patients.

In addition, along with the new 3D mammography unit, the new machine has the capability of providing stereotactic biopsies of masses. This allows the mammography team to perform biopsies without the need of surgery. Sutter Amador is awaiting government approvals to begin using the stereotactic biopsy capabilities.

In 2014, through the Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation, the community raised $151,000 with a Sutter Health matching donation of $150,000 in order to purchase the tomosynthesis 3D mammography unit and the stereotactic breast biopsy attachment. Because of these community donors, patients in the Gold Country are able to receive top-level services that were previously only available in larger markets, such as Sacramento and the Bay Area.

This year, Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation is raising funds for several local needs, including expanding cancer services, laboratory upgrades and a new CT scanner. For more information on how to give, contact Senior Development Officer Jody Boetzer at (209) 257-7619 or email her at BoetzeJ@sutterhealth.org. For more information on the hospital foundation, go to www.sutteramador.org/philanthropy.

To make a mammography appointment or for more information, call (209) 223-7560.

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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Cancer, Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Foundation | 0 comments