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Bolivar Medical Center Adds Powerful New Tool in Fight for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

3/16/2009

Cleveland, MS - This year, in America, more than 212,920 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  Today, Bolivar Medical Center has advanced the fight against this pervasive disease by installing a new, state-of-the-art digital mammography system for its patients.

This system, a GE Healthcare Senographe Digital Mammography system, provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film.  What's more, the system provides the largest field of view currently available, which can be extremely helpful for precision imaging of patients with diverse shapes and sizes.

"This is new and powerful technology for the detection and fight against breast cancer," said BMC Radiologist Dr. Jason Williams.  "Digital systems allow us to offer our patients mammograms that are faster and easier than ever before.  And it gives our referring physicians extremely accurate images to use in diagnostics."

Mammograms are among the best early detections methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

"This new digital technology will provide both high-precision accuracy and increased ease of use for our patients," said Dr. Williams.  "Providing the best diagnostic equipment possible to patients is a vital step to good preventive health, and one we take very seriously."

There are many advantages to a digital system.  The images are clear and easy to read, and offer a better view of the breast, especially near the skin line and chest wall, in women with diverse breast tissue types.  Also, the digital image is ready to read within 10 seconds.  There is no longer a wait for films to be developed to be sure the images are usable.  Digital mammograms take as little as half the time of film.  If a second opinion is needed, the image can be sent electronically to a consulting physician virtually instantaneously.

According to Bolivar Medical Center CEO, Wes Sigler. "Only about 30% of hospitals across the country, of all sizes, have updated to this technology and we're very pleased to be able to bring it to our communities."

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