Monday, August 26, 2013

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiologist Performs First 3D Guided Breast Biopsy in New York

Guy Bassis, M.D., a radiologist with Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, has performed the very first 3D guided breast biopsy in New York State. This technology is the latest to be developed following the introduction of 3D breast tomosynthesis (also known as 3D mammography) which provides physicians with 3D images that allow for greater detection of breast abnormalities.

“3D mammography has allowed us to see things that we weren’t able to before,” said Bassis. “This technology has allowed us to identify hard-to-find lesions in the breast, and then, using the 3D tomography as a guide, reach areas we weren’t able to biopsy before.”

3D guided breast biopsy uses 3D mammography to create detailed images that help radiologists localize and target areas of interest. This new method of identifying biopsy sites allows for better detection of lesions, including those that are typically hard to identify, and better access to those sites.

“Utilizing 3D imaging for biopsy allows us to see and biopsy lesions that we weren’t able to in the past,” added Bassis. “While the actual biopsy procedure is largely the same, we now can find and examine more abnormalities with greater specificity, and this greatly helps to identify breast cancer at an earlier stage when it is more treatable.”

“We are proud to be the first radiology practice in New York State to conduct 3D guided biopsy,” said Steven L. Mendelsohn, M.D., CEO/Medical Director of Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology. “This is just another example of how Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology is always looking for ways to use the latest technology to provide the best possible care and improve outcomes for our patients.”

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology utilizes state-of-the-art 3D tomography equipment from Hologic, Inc., throughout their Nassau and Suffolk locations.

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