Leesburg Regional Medical Center offering newest technology to detect breast cancer

Mammograms just got more comfortable at Leesburg Regional Medical Center.

That’s because the hospital has collaborated with GE Healthcare to bring the next generation in 3-D mammography technology to patients. The new equipment, named the Senographe Pristina, offers a faster, quieter exam with greater comfort and less pain during compression.

The high-tech Senographe Pristina offers a faster, quieter mammogram with greater comfort and less pain during compression.

“The equipment combines comfort with the best imaging technology to deliver precise diagnoses,” said Eileen Jones, LRMC’s lead mammographer, who has more than 20 years of experience as a radiology technologist and registered nurse. “GE designed it to alleviate the stress and tension often associated with mammography.”

The gentle, rounded corners of the image detector help reduce patient discomfort under the arms. New, comfortable armrests replace conventional handgrips which may cause tensing of the pectoral muscles, making it hard to properly position the tissue. In addition, the redesigned armrest allows women to gently support their arm during the exam in a relaxed position, making the exam more appealing.

Hospital officials say improper positioning has been found to be the cause of poor image quality that can then require a rescan. By improving patient comfort, the technologist can focus on providing the highest quality exam for the radiologist to interpret.

Under the LRMC radiographer’s supervision and guidance, women can now play an active role in determining their level of breast compression with the help of a remote control. That allows patients to experience a more comfortable exam while still producing high-quality images.

“Our Women’s Imaging Suite continues to set the standard in breast health,” Jones said. “We have outstanding physicians and support staff, years of expertise, a top-quality facility, expedited results, and now the most advanced technology in mammography available.”

LRMC also has also put an emphasis on the patient experience by creating a spa-like atmosphere throughout the facility with GE’s new SensorySuite package. LRMC is one of only a handful of facilities in Florida to use this technology, which is especially noticeable in the Women’s Imaging Suite, where the air is infused with a light calming fragrance, flat-screen wall monitors display soothing videos, and relaxing sounds projected to create a serene environment.

LRMC offers screening and diagnostic mammograms, as well as bone densitometry and body composition testing, in its Women’s Imaging Suite. The facility’s dual energy X-ray Absorptiometry is considered the most highly developed technology for assessing bone mineral density for the diagnosis of osteoporosis, predicting fractures and monitoring response to treatments.

To schedule a mammogram at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, call (352) 751-8888.

LRMC, a 329-bed acute care hospital and Lake County’s largest tertiary care hospital, has served Leesburg and the surrounding communities for more than 55 years. The facility offers advanced cardiac care at its Heart Institute, which includes one of the largest open-heart programs in Florida.

LRMC is recognized by The American College of Cardiology for its expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain with the Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primacy PCI and Resuscitation – its highest and best level of accreditation. The hospital also offers advanced orthopedic care at its dedicated inpatient Joint Center, which was recently awarded the Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission. To learn more, visit LeesburgRegional.org.