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March 16, 2010

MAURY REGIONAL ENHANCES BREAST CANCER DETECTION WITH NEW MRI TECHNOLOGY

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – On March 22, Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will begin using new technology to conduct magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures of the breast.

“MRI is very successful in detecting invasive breast cancer. While we have been conducting breast MRI for years, this new digital DynaCAD technology enables us to obtain higher quality images, aids in diagnosing benign breast disease and assists in treatment planning for breast cancer patients,” said Bill Sutter, MD, radiologist and chief of staff.

The American Cancer Society recommends breast MRI as a screening tool for women whose risk of developing breast cancer is 20 percent above average. Risk factors include a family history of breast cancer in a close relative (mother, sister, or daughter), a positive genetic test for breast cancer, and chest radiation for Hodgkin’s disease. For those who meet high-risk criteria for screening, Medicare and most commercial insurance will cover the cost of the MRI.

This is the latest tool added at the Maury Regional Women’s Center to aid in the detection and treatment of breast cancer. This technology complements digital mammography, breast ultrasound and

stereotactic biopsy.

Imaging is the single best method for detecting breast cancer early. Screening mammograms may be conducted at the Women’s Center without a physician’s order. For more information about breast health services, call 931.540.4166.