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Published on March 04, 2010

Open house marks Breast Care Center's move to digital

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544

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MONTEREY, Calif. - Digital technology has arrived at the Breast Care Center of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, bringing advanced diagnostic tools for early cancer detection.

The public is invited to see and learn more about the technology during an open house at the Breast Care Center from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. Tours and refreshments will be provided. The center is at 1035 Cass Street, Monterey.

Information also will be available about a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved clinical trial under way at the Breast Care Center. The study is designed to help determine the effectiveness of pairing a three-dimensional, full breast ultrasound examination with a routine mammogram in women with dense breast tissue. Dense tissue can make diagnosis more difficult. Community Hospital is one of three breast care centers in California and 10 in the nation taking part in the clinical trial.

"We are pleased to be able to offer leading-edge technology and access to clinical trials to our community," says Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital. "Since it opened in 2002, the Breast Care Center has combined the best Community Hospital has to offer - innovative and expert care in a welcoming environment. We are continuing that tradition with these latest advances."

The move to digital technology began in 2008 and was paid for in part by a successful fundraising campaign led by a group of community women who are breast cancer

survivors or have a friend or loved one who is a survivor. Their efforts raised $2.5 million.

Digital technology provides instant, high-resolution, three-dimensional images that can be enhanced and manipulated, making for more accurate diagnosis. Digital mammograms are easily and efficiently archived and can be readily transmitted from one location to another, making it simple to retrieve or to share them with other medical professionals involved in care.

The equipment that can be seen at the open house includes:

  1. The Selenia® system of digital mammography, replacing film mammography for improved diagnosis.
  2. Two digital ultrasound machines, used to enhance screening capability in high-risk women and women with dense breasts, using a combined mammogram/ultrasound approach. Digital ultrasound provides detail similar to high-definition television, allowing for the detection of even smaller cancers.
  3. The iCad, Inc. digitizer, used to convert earlier film images to digital images, improving the process of comparing results as well as the storage, and remote or local retrieval of mammograms.
  4. A stereotactic biopsy system, in which a special computer is used to guide a needle to obtain a tissue sample. The computer pinpoints exactly where in the abnormal area to place the needle tip.

Open house guests can also see the automated, three-dimensional ultrasound machine being used in the clinical trial.

"Digital mammography technology is extraordinary," says Dr. Susan Roux, medical director of the Breast Care Center, "and we wanted to make it available to our community."

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, founded in 1934 and located at 23625 Holman Highway in Monterey, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations, including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at www.chomp.org.