OLBH adds new breast cancer detection system

March 10, 2019
Automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS) screens for cancer in women with dense breast tissue.

ASHLAND — The Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Women’s Center recently added automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS) to screen for cancer in women with dense breast tissue.

Annual screenings are the best way to diagnose breast cancer early, yet denser breast tissue can hide cancer during mammograms. The problem is two-fold as women with denser breast tissue have an increased risk of breast cancer. Whole breast ultrasound utilizes hundreds of images taken in slices that allow a radiologist to look for cancers in layers of dense tissue. ABUS, in tandem with a mammogram, offers a better chance to diagnose cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage.

“We’re all made different, and the same holds true for breasts as many women have breasts that are extremely dense and pose a challenge for traditional mammography,” said OLBH Director of Radiology Terri Hannon. In the United States, 40 percent of women have dense breasts. “For these women, ABUS is something just for them that only OLBH offers in this area,” Hannon said. “The ultrasound can be used in combination with mammography to screen the breast for breast cancers that cannot be felt on physical examination or cannot be seen with mammography alone.”

The new ultrasound system for dense breast tissue is just the latest advancement available at the OLBH Women’s Center. Recently, the center added both 3-D mammography and patient-assisted compression. Since opening a decade ago, the OLBH Women’s Center, located on the ground floor of Bellefonte Centre (1000 Ashland Drive), has combined breast health services in one location, eliminating the necessity for multiple appointments and prolonged waiting for women. The OLBH Women’s Center offers both 2-D and 3-D mammography with same-day results, breast ultrasound, minimally invasive breast biopsy, a DEXA densitometer to screen for bone density, genetic testing, clinical breast exams, a women’s health library, the OLBH Women’s Center Boutique and a breast health navigator to guide patients and families through the process.

To schedule an appointment at the OLBH Women’s Center call 606-836-7465.

Other OLBH expansions/achievements in 2018 include:

• The additions of whole breast ultrasound and 3D mammography at the OLBH Women’s Center complete a multi-year $7.4 million investment in new imaging technology throughout OLBH.

• The health system unveiled a $1.2 million cardiac catheterization lab.

• OLBH is now offering the Orbera gastric balloon as an option for those looking for a less expensive and less invasive alternative to weight loss surgery.

• OLBH received accreditation for its PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) services in 2018. PCI services at the OLBH Heart & Vascular Center allow the hospital’s heart and vascular professionals to do more than identify such blockages during a heart catheterization, but to reduce them through non-surgical techniques such as balloon angioplasty or coronary stenting.

• In 2018 OLBH began offering a procedure to implant miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensors to manage heart failure.

• Urologists Jeremy Bonzo, M.D., and Brian DeFade, D.O., performed OLBH’s first benign robotic prostatectomy in 2018. The da Vinci Surgical System was utilized for the prostatectomy.

• OLBH added the STREAMWAY System to the hospital’s Radiology Department. The FDA-approved system is an automated, direct-to-drain medical fluid disposal.

• OLBH added endoscopic ultrasound. Gastroenterologist Rob Brandenburg, D.O., performs the procedure at OLBH.

For more information concerning these services, OLBH or Bon Secours Mercy Health, call the OLBH CareLine at 606-833-2273 or visit BonSecours.com.


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MEDICAL AREAS OF FOCUS: Orthopedics, cardiology, radiology/imaging, surgery, women’s health, pulmonology, oncology

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOUR CAREER?: “Following college I felt a call to ministry and desire to serve the needs of the community. After spending several years in campus ministry, I made a transition to faith-based healthcare where I have been able to live out my call to serve the needs of patients and our community. I am grateful every day for the chance to serve with such wonderful people.”

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