In cooperation with Tri-State Center for Breast Health at ECM East, ECM Hospital is now offering minimally invasive MRI-guided breast biopsies. The center already offers a variety of women’s health services, including digital mammography, breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsies on site. Feedback from area surgeons prompted the purchase of the equipment, a Hologic ATEC breast biopsy device, with CAD (computer aided design) planning.
“By having this service in Florence, our patients can continue to see physicians they already know. Plus, they can be confident in the fact that ECM Hospital and Tri-State Center for Breast Health has a dedicated, experienced team of radiologists, technologists and nurses in place to do this procedure. Patients receive quality care right here at home,” said Scott Edwards, Director of Imaging Services at ECM Hospital.
With the MRI guided breast biopsy device, physicians have reduced the typical procedure time to less than 40 minutes. Pathology reports are available within 24-48 hours and results go to the patient’s surgeon and referring doctor. The procedure minimizes the need for a larger incision and more tissue removal. According to Edwards, recovery time is brief, sutures are not required, and patients can return to normal activities almost immediately.
“Investing in the latest technology is a goal for our organization and important to quality patient care,” said Russell Pigg, Chief Executive Officer of ECM Hospital. “This device provides physicians the ability to accurately target and acquire small lesions typically found in high-risk patients.”