WVU now offering digital mammography

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mammography patients at the West Virginia University Betty Puskar Breast Care Center can now undergo a faster procedure with less radiation exposure.

Dee Headley, director of radiology/radiation oncology, said WVU Hospitals made a “huge investment” with the purchase of digital mammography, which replaces traditional analog technology. Now, instead of producing film, mammography images are digitally created and stored.

The $3 million system was purchased for Morgantown, WVUH-East, and the United Hospital Center – all part of West Virginia United Health System.

The Breast Care Center’s two locations – the original at the Health Sciences Center and the other at WVU Cheat Lake Physicians – are the only Morgantown locations offering digital mammography at this time.  The Breast Care Center is part of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

In addition to the technology, WVU Hospitals provides mammography patients with a more comfortable procedure.  A mammography pad – a soft, foam cushion placed on the surface of the image detector - cushions the breasts.

Nanci Balassone, WVU radiology manager, said the pads are warmer and provide a more comfortable mammography experience for the patient.

WVU Hospitals has also acquired state-of-the-art ultrasound technology for breast scans, Balassone said.

With these additions, Headley said WVU now has “the top of the top of everything to give a woman the full spectrum of breast care she needs.”

For more information about the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center, visit http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bpbcc/.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
asj: 03-17-08

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