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Evergreen Hospital Launches Revolutionary Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnostic Imaging Technology
Date:7/28/2011

KIRKLAND, Wash., July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Evergreen Hospital today announced that revolutionary three-dimensional mammography imaging technology, known as tomosynthesis, is now available for patient appointments at the Evergreen Breast Center, which is the only comprehensive breast center in the Seattle area to offer the breakthrough screening and diagnosis technology.

Tomosynthesis uses precise, three-dimensional (3-D) digital imaging to create a complete reconstruction of the breast, which gives radiologists the ability to identify abnormalities that are more difficult to identify with traditional 2-D mammography screening.

"The introduction of tomosynthesis helps us stay at the forefront of important technological advances in breast-health screening and diagnostic tools," said Dr. Kara Carlson, medical director of the Evergreen Breast Center. "This helps us deliver on our commitment to achieving positive outcomes through early detection."

Tomosynthesis benefits all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, women who are 40 to 60 years old, those who have dense breast tissue and women with a personal history of breast cancer.

The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to that of a traditional mammogram, but the new technology's superior 3-D imaging allows for more precise readings that reduce the need for follow-up appointments by up to 40 percent.  

Evergreen also provides a softer and warmer mammography experience thanks to the MammoPad, an ergonomic cushion that leads to 50 percent less discomfort for most patients.

The new technology is part of the comprehensive breast-health services offered by the Evergreen Breast Center and is available to all screening and diagnostic patients.  All patients can request a tomosynthesis screening appointment at the Evergreen Breast Center beginning this week, and may also schedule Saturday appointments for increased convenience.  

"We are proud to continue Evergreen's tradition of innovative, advanced breast cancer care through this remarkable technology," said Evergreen Hospital CEO Robert Malte. "Our sincerest thanks go out to all the generous donors to the Evergreen Healthcare Foundation for their benevolence and support in helping to bring tomosynthesis to Evergreen and our surrounding community."

The cutting-edge technology was funded through the 10th Annual Evergreen Healthcare Foundation Gala in April 2011. The Foundation initiated a $10 million capital campaign to create a comprehensive cancer center providing wide-ranging patient-support services, research facilities and state-of-the-art breast cancer detection and diagnostic equipment.

The Evergreen Breast Center was named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in February 2011, and is accredited by the ACR in Mammography; Breast Ultrasound and Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy; and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. In 1998, it was the first medical center in the state to use computer-aided detection mammography (CAD), and it was the first comprehensive breast center to provide digital mammography on the Eastside in 2006.

To schedule an appointment, patients may contact the Evergreen Breast Center at 425.899.2831 or www.evergreenhospital.org/mammography.  

About Evergreen Healthcare

Evergreen Healthcare, a public hospital district and community-based health care organization established in 1972, offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 950 physicians provide clinical excellence within more than 80 specialties, including cardiac, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, a neuroscience institute, women's and children's services, hospice care, pulmonary care, a sleep disorders center and home services care. Evergreen serves more than 400,000 residents in its primary service area of north King and south Snohomish counties with Evergreen Medical Group, a network of primary and urgent care practices, and Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, its main hospital campus in Kirkland, Wash. Evergreen also provides emergency care at two sites: its main hospital campus and the Evergreen Redmond Medical Center. In addition to clinical care, Evergreen offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by Evergreen Healthline, a 24/7 nurse consultation service. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealthcare.org.

CONTACTS:

Kay Taylor
VP of Marketing
Evergreen Healthcare
425.899.2604

Kristi Clough
Firmani + Associates Inc.
206.443.9357
Kristi@firmani.com


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