June 25, 2020- Wickenburg Community Hospital (WCH) has installed the FUJIFILM ASPIRE Cristalle mammography solution with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). WCH is the only provider in a 30 mile radius of Wickenburg, Arizona to offer patients 3D mammography technology. In celebration of the install, the hospital is hosting a four-week grand re-opening of the Women’s Mammography suite to showcase the new technology. During the weeks from June 17th through July 17th, 2020 every patient who receives a Mammogram will be showered with small tokens of appreciation and entered in a drawing for a surprise gift basket.
“Our goal is to provide advanced breast health care to our customers and we are excited to provide Wickenburg Community Hospital with the latest technology that will enhance their ability to provide quality care to the people of their community and surrounding areas,” said Rick Banner, Sr. Director, Marketing, FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. “With the recent install, patients will have access to the latest technology that is designed to improve visibility for greater diagnostic confidence and provide patients with a more comfortable exam experience. ”
The FUJIFILM ASPIRE Cristalle with 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. 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.
In addition, patients can experience a noticeable improvement in comfort during procedures with Fujifilm’s patented, flexible comfort paddle design, which provides gentle and even compression that is designed to more comfortably adapt to patient curves.
“Early detection increases the odds of breast cancer survival, unfortunately, a considerable number of women still hesitate to participate in screening for a variety of reasons,” Peter Stachowicz, Chief of Ambulatory Services, Medical Imaging, Wickenburg Community Hospital. “We are pleased to work with Fujifilm who introduced the ASPIRE Cristalle with DBT mammography solution with the patient in mind. The mammography solution is designed to enhance patient comfort and increase workflow which will allow our team to conduct a higher number of screening examinations in less time. This is a benefit for both patients and staff, saving time and providing a diagnosis sooner.”
“I love the new Fujifilm Mammography system because we are now obtaining images that give our Breast Specialist Radiologist, Dr. Zandra Nocera, so much more information to aid in diagnosing.” Rena Koeneke, Medical Imaging Supervisor, Lead Mammographer states, “We are utilizing the very best system on the market to ensure that our patients are getting the most detailed and information laden mammogram possible”.
Established in 1926, Wickenburg Community Hospital is a nonprofit health care facility for residents in Arizona. The Wickenburg Community Hospital Breast Center is the only center in Arizona, and one of 58 centers nationally, to be recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence™ by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™ (NQMBC®).The centers chosen for this designation have met the highest quality standards in breast cancer care. The Hospital is committed to providing health and wellness services where the patient, family, and community come first.
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 With the ASPIRE Cristalle Comfort Paddle compared to standard paddle.