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New Technology Enhances Breast Cancer Detection at Lenox Hill Hospital

June 11, 2013

One of Only Two Manhattan Facilities to Offer Advanced Test

Lenox Hill Hospital is pleased to announce that it has recently implemented state-of-the-art Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) technology which significantly enhances breast cancer detection over regular mammography and reduces the crucial patient waiting period from detection to diagnosis. CESM produces unique images that illuminate and highlight contrast-enhanced areas, helping the radiologist quickly and easily identify normally inconspicuous tumors. Currently, Lenox Hill Hospital is one of only two Manhattan facilities to offer this cutting-edge technology.

CESM is a special type of mammogram that creates two separate exposures per view of each breast: one showing all of the information of a standard mammogram and the other denoting areas of increased blood supply. A contrast which is injected prior to the procedure follows blood flow patterns in the breast tissue highlighting areas that may be cause for increased suspicion, as breast cancer- affected tissue typically has a higher blood supply than normal tissue.

“We are very excited to have this innovative technology available for our patients,” said Kristin Byrne, MD, chief of breast imaging at Lenox Hill Hospital. “When there is a possible abnormality, it is wonderful to have a fast and accurate diagnostic tool where the patient will be given the results immediately.” CESM presents several advantages over traditional mammography and the entire procedure can be completed in less than ten minutes, much like a regular mammography exam. “CESM is much more sensitive than standard mammography even though the patient experience is not much different,” Dr. Byrne explained.

In addition, CESM has been shown to be almost as sensitive as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the detection of breast cancer and slightly superior to MRI in specificity, as it produces fewer false positives. The most sensitive tool we have today to detect breast cancer is MRI; however, not all patients are candidates for an MRI and some patients are denied coverage for the procedure by their insurance companies. In contrast to the MRI, CESM is less expensive, produces immediate results, and does not have to be timed to the patient’s menstrual cycle or hormone replacement therapy.

To see CESM in action, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-5O2h91zrU