ACMC Upgrades Mammography Equipment

Ashley County Medical Center has upgraded its digital mammography equipment hoping to offer women better access to earlier and more accurate cancer detection.

Ashley County Medical Center has recently invested in new upgrades to its Fujifilm ASPIRE Cristalle digital mammography solution.

The upgraded unit includes digital breast tomosysnthesis (DBT or 3D). DBT acquires a series of low-dose images of the breast at different angles; the acquired reconstructed tomographic images provide greater visibility of the breast tissue which can help radiologists identify lesions which might otherwise be difficult to visualize in traditional 2D mammogram images because of the presence of overlapping breast structures.

“Fujifilm is very excited about Ashley County Medical Center’s latest upgrade to technology that will enhance their ability to provide quality care to the people of their community and surrounding areas,” said Rob Fabrizio, director of strategic marketing, digital radiography, computed tomography and women’s health. “The ASPIRE Cristalle with digital breast tomosynthesis is designed to improve visibility for greater diagnostic confidence, increase patient comfort and improve the overall patient experience.”

The DBT combines state-of-the-art, Hexagonal Close Pattern (HCP) capture technology and intelligent image processing, optimizing dose and contrast based on individual breast composition. The result is low dose and fast acquisition of exceptional images for all breast types, according to Fabrizio. In addition, patients can experience a noticeable improvement in comfort during procedures with the comfort paddle design, which provides gentle and even compression that is designed to more comfortably adapt to patient curves.

“This is a breakthrough in women’s health,” said Dr. James Workman, radiologist at Ashley County Medical Center. “We expect it to improve the ability to differentiate smaller cancers from the surrounding tissue and help distinguish cancerous tissue from noncancerous tissue. We also expect this will decrease the number of false positive call backs for our patients, meaning women can feel calmer.”

For the Crossett community, the addition of ACMC’s ASPIRE Cristalle helped clinicians diagnose patients, ensuring that more women have access to these lifesaving mammograms.  The new addition of DBT will bring even higher diagnostic capabilities to help physicians diagnose cancers earlier for better patient outcomes.

With roots tracing back to 1908, the hospital has been providing treatment and care to patients in the area for more than a century. The hospital is committed to providing excellent care to their patients in their community and surrounding areas.

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