New machine helps in fight agains breast cancer

By KBJR News 1

October 23, 2013 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 10:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A new tool to help in the fight against breast cancer was unveiled today at St. Luke's hospital in Duluth.

The Faxitron BioVision machine is a portable x–ray system used to image tissue from biopsies taken from women with suspected breast cancer.

This is the only machine of its kind north of the Twin Cities.

The hospital got the machine in May, and uses it almost daily.

Officials say it cuts down on time to analyze a specimen and allows the doctor to stay in the room with a patient.

It also allows doctors to view a three dimensional image of the specimen which they were not able to do before.

"This allows us to do specimen adequacy which means, in the surgical suite the surgeon removes the specimen, we image it and within seconds as you saw, the surgeon and the radiologist are discussing the specimen that was removed," said Lynn Davis, Diagnostic Imaging Manager at St. Luke's.

The machine is also mobile which makes it easy to move from building to building.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
kanderson@kbjr.com