Published on July 1st, 20160
St. Luke’s Miners Campus Debuts 3D Mammography with Sensory Suite
Schuylkill County women will feel safer, more secure and much less stressed thanks to the newly installed low-dose SenoClaire®3D mammography technology and SensorySuite® from GE Healthcare now available at the St. Luke’s Women’s Imaging Center at the St. Luke’s Miners Campus in Coaldale.
St. Luke’s is first in the region to offer 3D mammography; the technology using a low-dose, short X-ray sweep around the compressed breast. This imaging technique is designed to separate the tissues and reduce the overlapping of structures, creating clearer images. It is especially beneficial for women whose dense breast tissue could hide a tumor that may not be evident on a 2D mammogram. The SensorySuite offers soothing elements to the experience that allow women to relax during a mammogram.
“We’re thrilled to be first in the region to provide these exceptional technologies together,” says Joseph Russo, MD, Section Chief of Women’s Imaging, St. Luke’s University Health Network. “It’s a true benefit for women with dense breast tissue who have an elevated risk of developing breast cancer. While the imaging quality of the 3D mammography is exceptional, also impressive is the ability to offer it at the same low dose as a 2D mammogram. “
The SensorySuite can help alleviate any stress or anxiety during the exam. In the Suite, women can choose to be screened seaside, by a garden, or a waterfall, while enjoying soothing sounds and a pleasing scent. “It truly provides a remarkable experience and creates an aura of calm and well-being,” says Dr. James Bohri, diagnostic radiologist at St. Luke’s Miners Campus. “Our hope is that more women take advantage of the technologies, with the hope of finding breast cancers earlier when the chance of successful treatment and cure are highest.”
St. Luke’s also recently installed Breast MRI at St. Luke’s Miners Campus. Breast MRI may be used with mammography to detect breast cancer its earliest stages for women who are at risk for developing the disease.
St. Luke’s is able to offer these technologies at St. Luke’s Miners Campus and throughout its network thanks to a nearly three-decade relationship with GE Healthcare. This is the third St. Luke’s site to offer the SenoClaire 3D mammography system with the Sensory Suite. Other locations include St. Luke’s West End Medical Center in Allentown and St. Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center in Pennsburg. Remarkably, only a handful of locations nationwide provide these technologies together.
St. Luke’s University Health Network has 14 Women’s Imaging Centers throughout its service area in Pennsylvania, and in Warren County, New Jersey, including St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center in Center Valley for higher-level breast imaging.
About St. Luke’s Miners Campus
St. Luke’s Miners Campus serves Schuylkill, Carbon and Lower Luzerne counties. Along with offering advanced surgical options, St. Luke’s Miners Camus offers many specialized medical services including a state-of-the-art Emergency Room with Level IV trauma services, a Sleep Disorder Center, heart and vascular services, women’s imaging, cancer care, and walk-in care through St. Luke’s Care Now in Jim Thorpe.