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Sumter hospital is state’s first to install new biopsy system

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Palmetto Health Toumey, in Sumter, is the state’s first hospital to install the Hologic Affirm Prone Biopsy System. The system is the latest technology for breast biopsy and allows Toumey Breast Center to perform minimally invasive 3-D guided procedure to gather tissue samples from a breast abnormality.

Duke University School of Medicine is the only other facility in the Carolinas with the new 3-D biopsy technology. 

Dr. Henry Moses, a breast cancer specialist at Sumter Surgical, a Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group practice, said in a press release, this is a tremendous benefit.

“Every woman who comes in who’s been told she has an abnormal mammogram is convinced of the worst. They’re dealing with stressful, challenging information. They’re devastated. So the quicker we can get an answer for them, the better,” Moses said.

Stereotactic needle breast biopsy uses low-dose radiation via 2-D or 3-D mammography to pinpoint the abnormal area with a remarkably high level of accuracy and remove multiple tissue samples with one insertion. It’s less painful than surgery, leaves little to no scarring and can help physicians diagnose smaller cancers more easily.

Moses noted that mammogram and ultrasound-guided needle biopsies, which have been around for a while, have reduced the number of patients who have to go to the operating room to have a surgical biopsy. Having a machine that offers 3-D imagery significantly helps more women avoid surgery, which greatly reduces the amount of stress and anxiety women feel, he said. 

Radiologist Bert Parker said, “Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Early detection is so important. The principles of mammography have been the same for the past 20 years, but now we’re able to look at so much more. We are finding more invasive cancers earlier,” which means getting a solid treatment plan in place more quickly.

Michelle Logan-Owens, Palmetto Health Tuomey chief operating officer added, “Women are the heart of the home, and Palmetto Health Tuomey is committed to providing a full complement of exceptional women’s health services in our community. This technology provides women a less invasive means of obtaining a definitive diagnosis so that we can ensure they get the care and support they need as quickly as possible.”  

 

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