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ValleyCare Fights Breast Cancer with Latest Technology

Hospital news | Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA -- The Women's Imaging Center at ValleyCare is among the first in the East Bay to add an innovative tool to its arsenal of equipment to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.

The Acuson S2000 Automated Breast Volume Scanner is a dedicated imaging system that provides automated 3D ultrasounds of the entire breast in 10-15 minutes. This powerful ultrasound technology gives physicians a more comprehensive, three dimensional view than conventional ultrasound of the entire breast and its physical structures, and allows for detection of some cancers that are not visible by mammography, especially among women with dense breast tissue.

Advanced Technology Enhances Care
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women with nearly 200,000 cases reported each year, resulting in more than 40,000 deaths.

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women with nearly 200,000 cases reported each year, resulting in more than 40,000 deaths. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and women with dense breasts have five times the risk. "In spite of these statistics, with advanced technology, we are able to enhance the level of care we provide to our patients," said ValleyCare Diagnostic Imaging Director Corinne Jackson. "This automated scanner provides extraordinary detail of the breast anatomy, along with a range of features designed for patient comfort. It utilizes minimum compression, so patients can relax and breathe comfortably during the exam."

Mammograms Still Gold Standard
A mammogram is a time tested exam, proven to be effective in the fight against breast cancer. Mammograms may not detect all breast cancers, but can show calcifications and other abnormalities that are not as well detected by ultrasound. The density of breast tissue is depicted on mammography.

Dense Breast Tissue
Women with dense breast tissue have up to five times the risk of breast cancer, compared to women with fatty breast tissue. Three-dimensional ultrasound is an excellent tool for imaging patients with dense breast tissue. It has the unique ability to outline structures or other abnormalities within dense breast tissue, as well as being non-ionizing meaning there is no radiation. In addition, ultrasound is already being used as an adjunct to mammography for evaluation of cysts or lumps.

The Women's Imaging Center at ValleyCare offers digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound guided biopsy and now 3D screening ultrasound. It is located at 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd, in Pleasanton. To schedule an exam, call 925.734.3376.