Rushville Republican

September 20, 2012

RMH installs latest digital mammography technology

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Rush Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that the latest in digital mammography technology will be available at Rush Memorial Hospital's Imaging Department.

With the installation of the Aspire(TM) Digital Mammography system developed by FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc., local women will now have access to high quality digital mammography screening. Currently being installed and available for use Oct. 1, Aspire provides enhanced image clarity that enables extraordinary detail of potential abnormalities that not only assists in more accurate and reliable diagnoses, but also results in enhanced clinician productivity.

"Mammography screening is still recognized as the most effective tool available for the early detection of breast cancer," said Brad Smith, Rush Memorial Hospital President and CEO. "We're proud to provide the women of Rush County and surrounding areas with this proven screening technology to identify cancers early when they are most treatable."

"Rush Memorial Hospital and its patients deserve the latest and most reliable technologies," says David Hotchkiss, Director, Product Marketing, Modality Solutions for Fujifilm. "As we build upon our proven technological foundation for mammography, Fujifilm will continue to provide exceptional image quality that will raise the bar for performance and reliability in breast screening."

"Because of the unique design of Fujifilm's digital mammography solution, Rush Memorial Hospital is able to ensure that every woman scheduled for breast screening receives a digital mammogram," commented Terry Aker, Rush Memorial Hospital's Director of Imaging Services.

"The benefits we are experiencing with Fujifilm's digital mammography not only allow us to do our jobs more effectively and efficiently but, more importantly, they enable us to provide the top level of care for our breast imaging patients," said Dr. Randall Field, Rush Memorial Hospital Chief Radiologist. "Fujifilm's digital mammography systems are the most widely used digital mammography system in the world, and we're pleased to be offering this wonderful service."

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74. Fortunately, 96 percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years. A breast exam by a doctor should also be part of a periodic health exam every year for women 40 and above as recommended by the American College of Radiology.

Rush Memorial Hospital is hosting an open house and celebration of its new mammography suite on Wednesday, October 3. It is open to the public from 6 to 7 p.m. with refreshments and tours of the new suite. Please join the hospital team as we provide yet another state of the art service.