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McKee Breast Center introduces new technology for patients


LOVELAND, Colo. (March 12, 2012) –The McKee Breast Center will soon debut new digital mammography equipment that will reduce exam times for patients and deliver higher quality images.

On March 21, the Breast Center will begin using Hologic Selenia Dimension direct digital mammography equipment for breast screenings and diagnostic exams. McKee spent $862,000 to purchase two mammography units and remodel the Breast Center to accommodate the equipment.

“The process of having a mammogram will change with this new technology, and we remodeled our physical space to fit that process,” said Cherlene Goodale, director of medical imaging at McKee Medical Center. When a woman has a mammogram with this new technology, the image will immediately appear on a screen for the mammography technologist to view. The Dimensions full-field digital mammography system provides exceptional image quality and improves the efficiency of exams.

Another benefit is the improved quality of the images, which will assist the radiologists in reading the exams. The McKee Breast Center is a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. In addition, Breast Health Specialist Ann Dorwart, FNP, is a certified as a breast health navigator through the training agency EduCare. In this role, Dorwart coordinates the clinical, educational and support needs of all breast center patients and their families.

McKee Medical Center is a fully accredited, private not-for-profit facility with 132 beds. It serves as a community medical center with services including emergency, oncology, heart, orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, intensive care, lab and medical imaging.

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