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WMC reveals investment in 3D mammography technology

December 16, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - Officials with Weirton Medical's Breastcare Center have unveiled plans to invest in the latest life-saving technology in the fight against breast cancer.

The hospital, the only local hospital currently offering the latest state-of-the-art 2D mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy units, is unveiling its plans to offer Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, which is the newest 3D technology available.

Tomo mammography allows physicians to view the breast layer by layer and provides them with a clearer image of breast tissue, which can help distinguish superimposed tissue from real abnormalities, thus decreasing the need for further examinations. This technology also may find smaller cancers at earlier stages.

"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," says radiologist Eric Balzano.

"We are very excited to announce these plans. Our world class breastcare center is the only local facility offering the newest 2D digital mammography and stereotactic equipment and now we are taking it a step further with the Digital Breast Tomosynthesis. This latest investment is just another way WMC is positioning itself as the local leader in health care," said Weirton Medical Center Director of Operations David Artman.

The addition of this technology will be a significant addition to WMC's BreastCare Team of Radiologists led by Balzano; breast surgeon Carol Slomski; General Surgeons Venkata Kella and John Mitchell; and plastic surgeon Craig Oser, as well as a complete staff of the mammography technologists with the latest training.

The hospital will unveil its new equipment in the coming weeks.

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