Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) recently upgraded the technology of their stereotactic breast biopsy monitor.
In March, HYMC started offering digital mammography services.
One in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Initially, a screening mammogram is completed. If there are any suspicious areas found on initial screening, further testing is needed. A stereotactic breast biopsy is the only definitive way to tell if a change in breast tissue is a benign breast condition or cancer. According to the American College of Radiology (ACR), 10 percent of screening mammograms need additional diagnostic testing. Of those women who need stereotactic breast biopsy, 80 percent are found to be benign.
Marshfield Clinic general surgeons perform the stereotactic procedures at HYMC.
“Stereotactic breast biopsy equipment pinpoints the exact location of breast abnormalities by using a computer and x-rays taken from different angles,” said Dr. Timothy Phillips, general surgeon, Marshfield Clinic. “Upgrading the current software and monitor will provide the surgeon and technologist greater clarity of images and the ability to pinpoint suspicious tissue with much greater accuracy than is currently available.”
“We are pleased that we can offer women the spectrum of breast care testing at one location,” said Laura Magstadt, RN, MSN Senior Director, Patient Care Services, Ministry Howard Young Health Care. “This is often an emotional time for patients, and having all the diagnostic services right here at Howard Young Medical Center enables us to provide diagnostic services to them as soon as possible.”
“The Howard Young Foundation is pleased to support this upgrade in technology, as it is essential to offer the best possible diagnostic services right here in our own community,” said John Lund, Howard Young Foundation. “The philanthropic support we received from our communities with our year-end appeal is very special and is greatly appreciated. Charitable support from our community that helps to advance medical and patient care programs is extremely significant to the foundation. Community support signifies the value placed on the health care of this community.”