The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Imaging Center, located in the Utica Business Park, now offers life-saving 3D mammograms, or breast tomosynthesis. MVHS uses GE SenoClaire 3D Breast Tomosynthesis Imaging, which means that patients no longer need to travel outside our area for access to this advanced technology.
Breast tomosynthesis uses a low-dose, short x-ray sweep to project images that are processed electronically to reconstruct a 3D representation of the entire breast. This technology can detect small cancers that digital mammograms may miss and is beneficial to younger women and women with dense breast tissue.
Approximately twenty-seven percent of mammography patients at the MVHS Imaging Center have dense breast tissue. While this technology is not recommended for all patients, it can provide life-saving information, particularly for women with dense breast tissue.
“A 3D mammography machine benefits our community," said Laura Borgos, MD, FACS, breast surgeon and director of the Breast Program at MVHS. "It has been shown to increase detection of small tumors and provide better imaging for women with dense breast tissue. It is quickly becoming the standard in mammography.”
The Imaging Center, located at 106 Business Park Drive in the Utica Business Park, has board-certified radiologists and registered and certified mammography and ultrasound technologists. The radiologists have undergone specialized training in advanced breast imaging.
“This new technology offers our patients a more sensitive and more specific screening for breast cancer, and enables us to improve upon the care that we offer to the women of our community,” said Dr. Nancy Shaheen, a radiologist at the Imaging Center.
Designated by the American College of Radiology (ACR), our Imaging Center is proud to be a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The ACR bases this designation on several factors, which include the passing of a rigorous breast imaging accreditation program. The Imaging Center partners with the MVHS Cancer Center to provide care and services to patients diagnosed with breast cancer.
Breast Patient Navigator Program
Our Nurse Navigator meets with patients upon discovery of potential breast disease. Together with the radiologist, they discuss how the diagnosis will be made and if necessary, guide the patient through the course of appointments. This is a resource dedicated to providing patients and their families with seamless, coordinated care from the time of diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship.
Breast Care Program
The MVHS Breast Care Program is the only local program that provides patients access to an interdisciplinary team approach to their breast care. The Breast Care Program takes the fear out of the breast care journey and offers understandable, practical advice that can help our patients navigate their diagnoses and receive the breast cancer treatment they need. The team is ready to meet with patients to evaluate abnormal mammograms, perform breast exams or evaluate risk due to family history. They can address any breast health issue, big or small.
After Breast Cancer (ABC) Support Network
The ABC Support Network provides education, information and emotional support for women and men who are facing biopsy, surgery or recovery from breast cancer.
Eighty-nine percent of women in Oneida County who are diagnosed with breast cancer choose to receive their treatments at the MVHS Cancer Center. Breast cancer is the number one cancer treated at our Cancer Center. Thanks to the generosity of our community over the past three years, we have been able to purchase a new CT scanner and a new Varian Edge linear accelerator to provide the most up-to-date care for patients who are newly diagnosed. The 3D mammography technology will provide accurate, efficient and patient-friendly breast imaging solutions to enable early detection and early care.
The new technology is funded, in part, through the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses in the community. Contributions to the 2016 Stomp Out Cancer Telethon and proceeds from the MVHS Foundation Golf event also supported the purchase of the machine.