Trinity Announces First 3-D Guided Breast Biopsy System

April 18, 2016 11:53 a.m.

Images Mammography Center, part of Trinity Health System, announced today that a 3-D guided breast biopsy system was introduced and installed to better serve the breast health needs of residents.

As an add-on to the existing Selenia Dimensions digital 2-D and 3-D mammography system at Images, which was introduced a few years ago, the Affirm biopsy system by Hologic pushes the boundaries of breast care with its dual stereotactic and groundbreaking 3-D biopsy capabilities. Prior to this time and at other institutions in the area, women with suspicious lesions seen only on 3-D mammography had to be referred to a hospital in Pittsburgh or Cleveland where the Affirm biopsy unit was available.

Director of Breast Imaging Alexis Smith, D.O., who is one of only two fellowship-trained breast imagers at Trinity Health System and in the entire Upper Ohio Valley, said, "With the addition of the Affirm, we continue to bring big-city medicine to the local community. Our patients no longer need to travel in order to have access to this cutting edge technology. Compared to the traditional stereotactic biopsy unit, research has shown that the Affirm System improves patient care and workflow. It truly is the next step forward in the diagnosis of breast cancer.”

The use of groundbreaking Hologic 3-D imaging technology to perform breast biopsies offers these key advantages: Allows the patient to sit in a more comfortable upright position, allows the radiologist to easily target lesions of the breast, including those visible only on tomosynthesis or 3-D mammography, streamlines procedure steps and speeds targeting resulting in improved patient care, shorter procedure time, and decreased radiation to the patient.

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