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First Maryland Hospital Offering 3D Mammograms? VA Maryland Health Care System
Date:12/26/2012

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) December 26, 2012

Breast cancer has nowhere to hide at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System, which is the first health care system in the state to offer three-dimensional mammograms and the first VA in the country to offer this new technology to women Veterans. The VA Maryland Health Care System has acquired 3D mammography as part of its fight against breast cancer. The new technology, known as breast tomosynthesis, allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time, rendering deeper and more accurate readings. Additionally, the health care system hired a new radiologist—Dr. Rakhi Goel—who is dedicated to reading mammograms and the next generation of 3D images.

“As a worldwide leader in imaging, the VA Maryland Health Care System is thrilled to offer our Veteran patients access to this revolutionary technology,” said Eliot Siegel, MD, FACR, FSIIM, chief of Imaging Service at the VA Maryland Health Care System and a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Siegel is known for launching the world’s first digital imaging department at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and for helping to perform research on IBM’s Watson Jeopardy! technology. “Because the new machine takes multiple images of the breast in just seconds and produces a 3D image of the breast tissue in one-millimeter layers, it allows for more accurate readings and the ability to detect cancers earlier when they are most treatable, ” says Siegel. The 3D mammography system combines a process known as breast tomosynthesis to produce a 3D mammogram.

“I am honored to work with the VA Maryland Health Care System, known for its state-of-the-art medical care, as they begin to offer Veteran patients this advanced technology, “ says Dr. Rakhi Goel, director of breast imaging at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. “With 3D mammography, breast tissue is more clearly evaluated, which will improve o
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