Funds Raised at the Memorial Hermann Foundation’s Annual Razzle Dazzle Luncheon Bring Advanced Biopsy Technology to Memorial City
A Hologic Affirm™ Prone Biopsy System – the first in use in Texas – is the newest high-tech addition at the Bobetta Lindig Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. The unit was purchased with funds raised by community members through the Memorial Hermann Foundation’s Annual Razzle Dazzle Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon.
The Hologic system is the only dedicated prone stereotactic biopsy system with both 2-D and 3-D imaging. “For the first time we can comfortably and accurately biopsy lesions seen only with 3-D digital breast tomosynthesis, which allows us to visualize very thin slices of tissue and find tumors that otherwise might remain hidden,” says breast radiologist Ethan Cohen, M.D., an assistant professor in the department of Diagnostic Radiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and medical director of the West Division of MD Anderson Breast Care with Memorial Hermann. “Before the Hologic, we could see small tumors at their earliest stages using tomosynthesis but had no way to biopsy them in a way that was comfortable for women. In addition to superior image quality, the new system improves the biopsy experience by allowing women to remain more relaxed in a prone position.”
The Hologic Affirm system’s C-arm provides 360-degree breast access, allowing the radiologist to move the biopsy needle without having to move the patient or the mammography machine. “Traditionally we’ve only been able to perform biopsies on two-dimensional findings with the patient face down, using mammography as a guide,” Dr. Cohen says. “With the new system we can locate the area easily, and if we need to approach it from the side or from a different angle, we can do it by making a few adjustments to the computer system.”
Julie Voss, interim CEO for the Memorial Hermann Foundation, points to the importance of philanthropy in ensuring that the Memorial Hermann Health System remains at the forefront of medicine. “Philanthropy allows us to have that margin of excellence,” Voss says. “In a system as large as ours, many great programs vie for new technology. Philanthropy helps us stay on the cutting edge. The women who attend the Razzle Dazzle Luncheon do so out of a desire to find better ways to diagnose and treat breast cancer. Anyone who visits the Bobetta Lindig Breast Care Center can see the difference that contributions from the community have made.”
At the Seventh Annual Razzle Dazzle luncheon held Oct. 6, 2016, community members raised more than $400,000 in support of the Lindig Breast Care Center.
Only 30 percent of breast centers in the United States have 3-D digital breast tomosynthesis, even though the technology has been approved for use since 2011. Tomosynthesis is available at 15 Memorial Hermann locations around the city. For more information, click here.