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WCA Introduces New Breast MRI Imaging and Biopsy System

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Holly L. Gatto, R.T. (R) (MRI), Insight MRI Manager at WCA Hospital, performs a Breast MRI imaging test at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA Hospital. WCA now offers Breast MRI Imaging and MRI-guided breast biopsy – additional diagnostic tools for the diagnosis of breast cancer.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, December 10, 2010)—Adding another tool for the diagnosis of breast cancer, WCA Hospital is pleased to offer Breast MRI Imaging and MRI-guided Breast Biopsy—a minimally invasive procedure in which a breast biopsy is guided by highly detailed magnetic resonance imaging.  Breast MRI Imaging, when used in conjunction with conventional mammography, provides valuable information for the detection and characterization of breast disease.

To schedule a breast MRI exam at WCA, call the Center For Imaging at (716) 664-8MRI (8674). 

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States and the second leading cause of death in women.  However, thanks to improvement in treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today.

“Our new technological capabilities extends the range of quality diagnostic services that WCA offers and broadens our commitment to providing our patients with access to the best possible care in this region,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.

Breast MRI is a safe, painless procedure that uses magnetic energy and radio waves to produce highly detailed images of the breasts.  Dr. Gritters explains that breast MRI imaging is not for every woman, and does not replace mammography, but as an adjunct tool, can be very useful.  “If a woman has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, for example, MRI can help her surgeon better establish tumor extent as well as uncover additional cancers either in the same or the opposite breast,” says Lyndon Gritters, MD, board certified radiologist and Chair of the Department of Radiology at WCA.

Although breast MRI is primarily used for surgical treatment planning in women who have had breast cancer previously diagnosed through either Stereotactic or ultrasound guided needle biopsy, it has other applications.  For instance, certain women at high risk for breast cancer based on family history or genetic counseling often undergo breast MRI in addition to screening mammography.  Combined with computer-aided detection technology, breast MRI produces highly-detailed images that are overall more sensitive than mammography alone for the detection of breast cancer in these high risk women.

“Early detection combined with accurate diagnosis and treatment is essential in the fight against breast cancer,” said Dr. Gritters.  “Breast MRI will enhance our ability to find otherwise undetectable cancers in certain patients.  More accurate diagnosis means more accurate treatment.” 

Breast MRI imaging and MRI-guided biopsy are the newest in a comprehensive array of breast health services available at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA—designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Breast Imaging.  Other services include Breast Patient Navigator Certification, breast and general ultrasound, interventional radiology, PET/CT Imaging, MRI imaging, bone densitometry (DEXA) screening, screening and diagnostic mammography with same day results, Stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and outpatient laboratory.

To schedule a Breast MRI exam, call (716) 664-8MRI (8674).  For more information on additional services offered at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA, visit wcahospital.org.

“Breast MRI is another example of our commitment to bringing the latest technology to WCA Hospital,” says Dr. Gritters.  “For certain women, it can play a significant role in their cancer journey, and ultimately, help them secure a good outcome.”

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