Published on October 14, 2022

ABUS Machine

New Advancements in Breast Cancer Care

Time is an important factor when it comes to diagnosing and effectively treating breast cancer. Fortunately, with new technology, patients are receiving care earlier and with greater success.

“When it comes to treating cancer, having more options is essential. As technology advances, we are seeing patients have greater long-term success and a better prognosis.” Eva Duckett, MD, Medical Director of Women's Imaging with Adventist HealthCare explains.

Here are just some of the new early detection, treatment and care options available through Adventist HealthCare.

Early Detection

3D Automated Breast Ultrasound Screening (ABUS)

What is ABUS?

It is a supplemental whole breast ultrasound given to women with dense breast tissue in addition to their annual mammogram.

Why is it important?

Breast cancer is harder to identify in women with dense breast tissue, as both cancer and breast tissue appear white during a traditional mammogram. ABUS gives a more holistic image that can better distinguish potential cancer from breast tissue.

Where is it available?

ABUS is available at the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Breast Center.

SmartCurve

What is SmartCurve?

It is a modified mammogram compression paddle that is designed and shaped to conform to the natural curve of the breast. This makes the process of compression more personalized and comfortable.

Why is it important?

Many women put off receiving mammograms, citing discomfort. SmartCurve makes the experience more tolerable, ultimately screening and diagnosing patients sooner and with greater effect.

Where is it available?

SmartCurve is available at all Adventist HealthCare Imaging offices that offer mammogram screenings.

Treatment Advancements

SAVI SCOUT

What is SAVI SCOUT?

SAVI SCOUT is a small device that is used by breast surgeons to locate areas of abnormality for removal within breast tissue.

Why is it important?

Lumpectomy is the preferred method of treatment for early-stage breast cancer. SAVI SCOUT uses reflectors to help physicians identify and remove masses with minimal damage and scarring. It is much more effective than the wire localization methods that were previously used during these procedures. It can also be inserted several days prior to surgery in an outpatient setting, helping to make the day of surgery less stressful and minimizes time and pain levels.

Where is it available?

The SAVI SCOUT is available at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center.

Even though we have had extensive developments in breast cancer detection and treatment, there is still a great deal of work to be done. “Getting an annual mammogram is the best first step in identifying and determining treatment options early,” says Dr. Duckett. Over time, we look forward to seeing how technology improves, giving us additional tools in our fight against breast cancer.

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