Published on July 15, 2013

Faster and earlier breast cancer detection

Mercy Fitzgerald doctors find breast cancer faster and earlier.

women joggingMercy Fitzgerald invested in the latest imaging and diagnostic technologies to give women a better chance at early detection of breast cancer.

The hospital recently added a second, full-field digital mammography machine as well as a state-of-the-art stereotactic breast biopsy table at the new Women’s Imaging Suite in the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center—conveniently located right across the street from the hospital. “High-quality imaging is very important because it allows us to identify cancer when it is smaller and at an earlier stage,” says Caroline Ho, MD, a fellowship-trained breast imager. “Breast cancer is more treatable when it’s caught early.”

Two new imaging technologies include:

  • A second digital mammography machine, which is faster than traditional mammogram machines and provides better visualization of breast tissue for certain women. The second machine should shorten wait times for mammograms.
  • A stereotactic breast biopsy table, which uses a digital mammogram to guide minimally invasive biopsies of small growths in the breast.

“We have a full-service breast imaging center,” says Manila Bagherzadeh-Azar, MD, also a fellowship-trained breast imager. “We’re able to offer patients everything from screening mammograms to precise, image-guided biopsies, all in one place.”

Convenient Care. In addition to mammograms and stereotactic biopsies, the Women’s Imaging Suite offers DEXA scans for osteoporosis screenings and ultrasounds. Need an appointment? Call 610.237.2525.