WMC first in its area with lower-dose system

WEIRTON – Weirton Medical Center has announced it is the first and only hospital in the Weirton-Pittsburgh Route 22/30 Corridor to have lower-dose 3D mammography. This technology is the latest innovation in breast cancer screening, which offers superior performance to 2D alone.

Led by the Weirton-Pittsburgh Route 22/30 Corridor’s only surgeon dedicated exclusively to the breast, Dr. Carol Slomski, and Dr. Eric Balzano, a radiologist, the the hospital’s breast care team was first to offer 3D breast tomosynthesis and is now beginning its transition into new technology known as C-View.

This new software creates a 2D image, removing the need for a separate 2D exposure. The elimination of the 2D exposure results less time for patients under compression and a reduction in radiation. Despite the reduced radiation, the technology provides clinical benefits of 3D mammography increased diagnostic accuracy and reduced recall rates.

“Lower-dose 3D mammography is a significant enhancement to this game-changing technology,” said Balzano. “Patients have expressed concerns to me about the level of radiation exposure. This option significantly reduces that concern while still providing the outstanding clinical performance we have come to depend upon from this technology,” Slomski said. “We are very pleased to be able to offer patients the full benefits of 3D mammography coupled with faster exam times, a lower dose and an overall better patient experience.”