New Breast Imaging System Enhances Level of Patient Care, Saves Time in Operating Room

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has once again demonstrated its ongoing commitment to raising the standards of patient care through the recent purchase of a state-of-the-art breast imaging system for the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center.


The Bioptics remote specimen imaging system provides instant verification of excised breast cancer tissue for patients undergoing surgery and features the latest in digital technology for processing images of breast tissue and transferring them instantly to radiologists.


"The specimen imager enables the surgeon and radiologist to view the x-ray image of a breast mass in real time simultaneously from the operating room and the radiology office, to confirm that all margins are clear of cancer," said Donna Ferguson, RN, MBA, director of outpatient surgery at Henry Mayo and the SRVBC. "It is the first machine of its kind in the SCV and is currently used primarily in the larger teaching hospitals."


Gregory Senofsky, MD, founder and surgical director of the Breast Institute , medical director of the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center, and a clinical faculty member of the UCLA School of Medicine, said the main advantage of the new imaging system is the time it will save—for the patient under anesthesia and the surgery team.


"The Bioptics is a mini x-ray machine that can do remote transmissions from the operating room," Dr. Senofsky said. "The results are transmitted directly to the imaging center [Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center] and to radiology. That allows doctors to bring patients out of anesthesia quicker which is beneficial for our patients."


Dr. Senofsky, who performs 10 to 12 surgeries a week, said another advantage of the Bioptics machine is that patients will be able to schedule these critical procedures much sooner.


"This new machine will allow us to do more and help more people," he said. "It also saves time under general anesthesia.  It makes everything easier for everyone."


The purchase of the $100,000 piece of hi-tech digital equipment was made possible through the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation's Breast Cancer Awareness campaign fundraiser last October; the Hospital also helped fund the purchase. The state-of-the art machine is the only one of its kind in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding area.


"I'm so excited about the acquisition of the new digital specimen imager," said Terry Bucknall, director of the breast imaging center. "It will save time when a patient is under anesthesia and operating room time which equals better patient care and use of resources."


The Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center has been designated by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. For more information or to schedule breast imaging services, please call (661) 253-8822.