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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's Breast Center brings advanced technology to the Fort Bend Community

Sugar Land, TX - 10/2/2012

Digital mammography revolutionized breast cancer screening with the ability to detect even the smallest tumors. Now, women with dense breast tissue have access to technology that can identify tumors often not visible with digital mammography.

Photo comparison of mammography versus molecular breast imaging of a lesion in a patient with dense breast tissue. Photo comparison of mammography versus molecular breast imaging of a lesion in a patient with dense breast tissue.

The Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) is the first in the greater Houston area to offer low-dose molecular breast imaging (MBI) as a secondary diagnostic tool for women with suspicious findings and difficult to interpret mammograms. The LumaGEM™ Low Dose MBI is the first FDA-approved digital imaging system that uses proprietary breast imaging technology.

Forty percent of women who receive mammograms have dense tissue, and these women are five times more likely to develop breast cancer. However, mammograms are not as effective at detecting cancer in dense breasts. Mammography uses X-ray technology, so the images of both tumors and dense breast tissue often appear white on the image. (See Photo) Whereas, clinical studies show that MBI gives a clearer image of the lesions and is able to detect three times as many cancers in women with dense breast tissue, and the amount of radiation is equivalent to digital screening mammography.

The Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is proud to offer its patients the latest in breast imaging technology. Now, women with dense breast tissue have access to technology that can identify tumors often not even visible with digital mammography.

"We are excited to offer this new technology and to be the first in the area to do so," said Dr. Stephen Phillips, Medical Director of the Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Having played a key role in the clinical research of MBI, I am confident it will contribute to the general health and well-being of women.”

According to Phillips, mammography will continue to be the gold standard, but MBI gives this patient population an even stronger diagnostic tool.

Since opening in 2009, the Breast Center at MSLH has continued to expand, linking women to the best care in the region. As the first full-service center of its kind in Fort Bend County, patients benefit from the full continuum of care.

For patients diagnosed with breast cancer, the Breast Care Navigator can help coordinate all necessary care with oncologists, breast surgeons, radiation oncologists and reconstructive surgeons who are on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Case reviews are held with the multidisciplinary team, where the breast care specialists discuss and evaluate newly diagnosed patients and create personalized treatment plans.

The Breast Center provides a full array of diagnostic services, including breast MRI, diagnostic ultrasound, digital mammography, ductograms, fine needle aspirations, molecular breast imaging (MBI), MRI-guided biopsy, stereotactic biopsy and ultrasound biopsy.

If you think you would benefit from this technology, please talk to your doctor. To schedule an appointment at the Breast Center, please call 281-242-PINK (7465).

Upcoming Event - Pretty in Pink October 19th

Join us at Pretty in Pink, an exciting community event held at the Sugar Land Town Square on Friday, October 19, 2012 from 6 - 9 p.m. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and the Fort Bend Junior Service League have partnered with breast surgeons Sandra Templeton, M.D. and Kelly Dempsey, M.D., to host this event. 100 percent of the donated proceeds will be used to assist patients in the community with personal costs associated with all types of cancer.

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