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St. Luke’s Miners Campus Debuts 3D Mammography, Sensory Suite
June 15, 2016

Coaldale, PA (6/15/2016) – Women may notice less stress and anxiety at their next mammogram thanks to the low-dose SenoClaire®3D mammography technology and SensorySuite® from GE Healthcare.

Both recently were installed at the St. Luke’s Miners Campus’s Women’s Imaging Center in Coaldale.

St. Luke’s is first in the region to offer 3D mammography. The technology uses a low-dose, short X-ray sweep around the compressed breast, and the accompanying imaging technique is designed to separate the layers of breast tissue to create clearer images.

“We’re thrilled to be first in the region to provide these exceptional technologies together,” says
Joseph Russo, MD, Section Chief of Women’s Imaging for St. Luke’s University Health Network. “It’s a true benefit for women with dense breast tissue who have an elevated risk of developing breast cancer. While the imaging quality of the 3D mammography is exceptional, also impressive is the ability to offer it at the same low dose as a 2D mammogram.”

St. Luke’s Miners Campus Debuts 3D Mammography, Sensory Suite

Dr. Joseph Russo, Section Chief of Women’s Imaging at St. Luke’s University Health Network explains mammogram results to Wanda Deifer on June 14, 2016 after a mammogram performed by Barbara Porambo, a mammographer at St. Luke’s Miners Women’s Imaging Center in Coadale.

Additionally, the SensorySuite portion of the experience offers soothing elements that promote relaxation during a mammogram.

The SensorySuite helps alleviate stress and anxiety during the exam by offering women to be screened seaside, by a garden, or by a waterfall, replete with the complementary soothing sounds and pleasing scents. “It truly provides a remarkable experience and creates an aura of calm and well-being,” says Dr. James Bohri, diagnostic radiologist at St. Luke’s Miners Campus. “Our hope is that more women take advantage of the technologies, with the hope of finding breast cancers earlier when the chance of successful treatment and cure are highest.”

St. Luke’s also recently installed Breast MRI at St. Luke’s Miners Campus. Breast MRI may be used with mammography to detect breast cancer its earliest stages for women who are at risk for developing the disease.

St. Luke’s Miners Campus Debuts 3D Mammography, Sensory Suite

The new 3D Mammography equipment in the Sensory Suite is ready for patients on June 14, 2016 at St. Luke’s Miners Women’s Imaging Center in Coaldale

St. Luke’s is able to offer these technologies at St. Luke’s Miners Campus and throughout its network thanks to a nearly three-decade relationship with GE Healthcare. This is the third St. Luke’s site to offer the SenoClaire 3D mammography system with the Sensory Suite. Other locations include St. Luke’s West End Medical Center in Allentown and St. Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center in Pennsburg. Remarkably, only a handful of locations nationwide provide these technologies together.

St. Luke’s University Health Network has 14 Women’s Imaging Centers throughout its service area in Pennsylvania, and in Warren County, New Jersey, including St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center in Center Valley for higher-level breast imaging.

About St. Luke’s Miners Campus

St. Luke’s Miners Campus serves Schuylkill, Carbon and Lower Luzerne counties. Along with offering advanced surgical options, St. Luke’s Miners Camus offers many specialized medical services including a state-of-the-art Emergency Room with Level IV trauma services, a Sleep Disorder Center, heart and vascular services, women’s imaging, cancer care, and walk-in care through St. Luke’s Care Now in Jim Thorpe.

About St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated, nationally recognized network providing services at six hospitals and more than 200 sites, primarily in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and in Warren County, New Jersey.

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St. Luke's University Health Network

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