PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center has a new way to better detect cancer and serve its patients.
In March, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Kearney Breast Center acquired a new Hologic Affirm breast biopsy system. Dr. Michael Morich, a mammographer and the medical director of the Kearney Center, said the new machine has improved the staff’s ability to detect cancer through its 3D technology and 360-degree access to the breast.
Morich said the new biopsy table allows for a lateral approach, and that also means it’s easier to biopsy women who have less breast tissue.
Morich explained that a biopsy table is used after a woman gets a mammogram screening, and doctors detect abnormalities or microcalcifications that require further testing. A biopsy can confirm whether those are benign or malignant.
The Hologic Affirm is different than previous biopsy machines Kearney has had because it allows for prone biopsy, instead of having the patient sit. According to Hologic’s website, the biopsy machine also hides the biopsy needle from patients, in an effort to make the procedure more sensitive.