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La Grange – The latest technology in breast cancer detection is now available at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Two digital mammography units, a digital stereotactic biopsy table and DEXA bone scan system have been installed at the hospital. To accommodate the new technology, the radiology unit is undergoing a major facelift that includes a new waiting room and changing area in a more relaxed environment.
Digital imaging has the potential to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage than traditional X-ray mammograms, and early detection is a key factor in breast cancer survival.
“Finally being able to offer digital mammography builds on our tradition of providing outstanding health care to patients right in their own backyard,” said Rick Wright, chief executive officer of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. “It has been a long time coming and we are proud to offer services and advanced technology to detect and treat breast cancer.”
For Dr. Mita Majmundar, director of breast imaging and intervention at Adventist Midwest Health, providing cutting-edge technology to patients is extremely important. Digital mammography complements the breast ultrasound and breast MRI services already in place at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Patients appreciate having comprehensive breast care services in a single location.
“My main goal is to diagnose breast cancer at the earliest stage possible,” Majmundar said. “Digital mammography will allow us to do just that.”
Just as digital cameras, cell phones and computers have changed the way people take and share photographs, so have similar technological improvements changed medicine. Not only does digitalization improve the quality of images, but it also reduces the amount of radiation to which patients are subjected and speeds the process of scanning and storing images. With digital mammography, technologists can see the image of the breast tissue right in front of them in just seconds and can digitally alter the amount of contrast or make it lighter or darker to aid viewing.
In 2009, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital was granted a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. Only eight hospitals in Illinois have attained this achievement.
Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital also offers a unique resource to help patients find their way through the health care system: patient navigators. These experts not only serve as patient advocates and educators, but also help patients regain a sense of control while they find the strength to heal. They provide resources to patients and their families from serving as a liaison between the patient and physician to offering emotional support. They also offer information about cancer care, support services, prevention, clinical trials and education.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2010, 209,060 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed and 40,230 men and women will die from breast cancer.*
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.