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WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital launches new technology to test for breast cancer

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hospital becomes first in Pennsylvania to offer prone biopsy system with 3D imaging guidance

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital is now offering a state-of-the-art imaging and testing system for women’s breast care, with the launch of both the Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam and the newly developed Affirm™ Prone Breast Biopsy System.
The 3D mammography technology is clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers as well as decrease the number of women who are asked to return for additional testing. The prone biopsy system, with 3D imaging guidance, allows physicians to more precisely test breast lesions by giving them increased access and precision in the biopsy process.
“WellSpan Good Samaritan is offering these services because they offer the most advanced way to diagnose breast cancer,” said Thomas R. Harlow, senior vice president for WellSpan and president of WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital. “We want our patients to access the best care that is available right here in their own community.”

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital is the first of five WellSpan facilities to offer the new breast imaging and testing system. WellSpan will launch the system at several of its other hospitals and imaging centers in Lancaster, York and Adams counties in the coming months.

The 3D mammography system captures multiple images, or slices, of the breast from several angles, creating a multi-layered image. A physician can review the breast images, one layer at a time, almost like turning pages in a book, which allows them to make a more accurate diagnosis.

If the exam reveals a lesion, the prone biopsy system allows radiologists to better target those lesions for further testing. As patients lie down on a table, the biopsy system provides 360-degree access to the breast tissue, as well as faster procedure times.

“The prone breast biopsy table offers efficient, precise breast biopsy technology, while providing the most comfort for patients,” said Virginia A. Follett, director of clinical services at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital.
Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D exam. The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Findings include:

  • A 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
  • A 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
  • A 15 percent decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.

To learn more 3D Mammography at WellSpan, visit www.WellSpan.org/3DMammo. To learn more about WellSpan Health in Lebanon County, visit www.WellLebanon.org.

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WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 130 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

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