WMC unveils new 3D mammography technology

WEIRTON – Weirton Medical Center has unveiled a new tool in the fight against breast cancer.

This week, WMC rolled out its Digital Breast Tomosynthesis technology, which provides the latest in 3D mammography. It is only the third hospital in the state to have such technology at its disposal, according to hospital officials.

Tomo mammography allows physicians a layer by layer view of the breast tissue which can provide a clearer image of the tissue and distinguish superimposed tissue from real abnormalities.

Thus, the technology decreases the need for further examinations and may also find smaller cancers at earlier stages, officials explained.

“What makes this technology so exciting is that we, as radiologists, will be able to view more vivid mammograms and view the breast layer by layer, resulting in greater detail and significantly fewer call-backs,” radiologist Dr. Eric Balzano said.

Hospital officials explained the new technology will be a major asset for Weirton Medical’s BreastCare Team, which includes Balzano, breast surgeon Dr. Carol Slomski, general surgeon Dr. Venkata Kella, general surgeon Dr. John Mitchell and plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Oser, as well as a staff of mammography technologists with the latest training.

“We are very excited to offer the latest in the fight against breast cancer,” WMC Communication Director Kelli McCoy said. “This is just another major investment in the community that promotes a healthier Weirton-Steubenville-Route 22 Corridor. We are thrilled to have it here.”