By Carrie Dillard
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Past the registration area in the new Breast Care center at Baptist Health Corbin is a private waiting area with changing rooms for patients. Heated gowns and a fireplace will help take off the chill as they wait for a mammogram or other breast care services.
Baptist Health Breast Care offers the latest in mammography technology, changing the way physicians see the breast.
The new 3-D digital mammography machine is known as TOMO.
“We are one of the first few in the state to have this,” said Mark Steely, executive director of Business Development and Diagnostic Services.
Tomosynthesis uses X-ray much like a standard 2-D mammogram, except that the TOMO camera captures multiple pictures, creating a layer by layer look at the breast tissue.
Kim Jones, lead mammographer, said this 3-D scan will feel the same for the patient, but will prevent any “call backs” or additional screening. Doctors will be able to differentiate between what is dense tissue and what is a real concern, she said. “Ultimately, it will lead to early detection.”
As part of this care – from prevention to early detection and treatment – patients will be assisted by Nurse Navigator Joyce Brown. Brown said she will become the patient’s advocate and friend from start to finish.
“If they are positive (for cancer), I will follow them through their journey, to answer questions, and on surgery day, I will be there,” she said. “I am part of their support system.”
While the facility is patient-centered, especially female-centered, Baptist Health does accept male patients. Men receiving mammograms will be offered the last appointment of the day, for privacy and comfort.
“We always want to be looking for ways we can improve health care for everyone, especially in rural areas,” said hospital CEO Larry Gray.