Hospital previews new breast cancer detection equipment

Published: Jan. 8, 2015 at 9:58 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 5, 2015 at 9:58 PM CST
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The new technology will be purchased with money raised from the 2014 Liz Hurley Ribbon Run....
The new technology will be purchased with money raised from the 2014 Liz Hurley Ribbon Run. (Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Tennessee Valley-area doctors, nurses and technicians got their chance to see new 3-D mammography technology that's coming to the Huntsville and Madison Hospital Breast Centers this year.

The Hologistic Mobile Unit rolled into town Thursday to give those in the medical field a chance to see the difference that one extra dimension in screening can mean to a woman who has dense breast tissue.

"The two-dimensional is what we are all used to," said Dr. Libby Shadinger, a breast radiologist with Huntsville Hospital. "Basically you get two flat views of the breast - two projections. That allows a lot of tissue overlap. It's basically a one-picture view of the breast."

The new tomosysthesis technology for both the Madison and Huntsville Hospitals will be purchased this year with the $338,000 raised from this year's record-breaking Liz Hurley Ribbon Run.

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