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Wayne Memorial Hospital’s new 3D digital mammography system is flanked by Charles Barax, MD, medical director Imaging Services, and radiologic mammography technicians Tiffany Shaffer and Maripat Connor. 

NEPA gets its first 3-D mammography at WMH

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) has a new three-dimensional digital mammography system, the Senographe Pristina from GE. It addresses patients’ two greatest concerns, according to Wayne Memorial’s Medical Director of Imaging Services: radiation exposure and comfort.

“I’m very excited that that the Pristina delivers significantly less radiation than most other systems,” said Charles Barax, MD, “and it’s designed with patient comfort in mind.”

The Senographe Pristina can reconstruct a three-dimensional image from a single scan. According to GE, it delivers “superior diagnostic accuracy at the same dose as 2D mammography, the lowest patient dose of all government-approved DBT systems.” In addition, the Pristina’s construction offers armrests and rounded edges instead of hard-to-reach handgrips and sharp corners.

“I must say that this new mammography equipment was more comfortable than what I was used to,” said Teresa Bates, Honesdale, one of the first patients to experience 3D mammography at WMH.

Annual screening mammograms are recommended by the American Cancer Society for women age 40 and over. Mammography may be performed on younger women when there is a strong family history of breast cancer.

To make an appointment for a 3D mammogram, patients who have a prescription can call Wayne Memorial Central Scheduling at 570/251-6689.


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