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Weirton Medical Center announces new technology

Updated: Thursday, March 20 2014, 06:41 PM EDT

WEIRTON, W.Va. -- Weirton Medical Center recently announced that it's the first and only hospital in the Weirton-Pittsburgh Route 22/30 Corridor to have lower-dose 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis).

Dr. Carol Slomski at Weirton Medical Center said woman are always concerned about getting too much radiation because radiation can cause cancers, so they are always looking for ways to reduce the exposure and this new technology will do just that.

Slomski said the standard approach for many years has been the 2D mammography.

A woman will come in, get a mammogram, and there will be two pictures taken of the breast to find out whether she has cancer or not.

Tomosynthesis takes a number of pictures of the breast and Slomski said it really helps to determine what they need to worry about and what they don't need to worry about.

"The c-view which is the latest technology allows us to do the tomosynthesis of the breast and then from those images, reconstruct the original two images that we have been doing for a long time,” Slomski said.

Slomski said it reduces the amount of radiation a woman gets.

Director of communications Kelli McCoy says they are in the process of transitioning into using the technology full-time, right now their staff is getting used to it but they are very thrilled to have it here.

"Anything that can help our patients at the end of the day that is why we're here so it's very exciting,” said McCoy.

Dr. Slomski said she is looking forward to benefitting her patients even more, with faster exams, a lower dose, and a better patient experience.

Weirton Medical Center announces new technology

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