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NLH Offering ABUS for Better Evaluation of Women with Dense Breasts

 

GLOVERSVILLE, NY Invenia™ ABUS 2.0 has been installed at Nathan Littauer Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department. The hospital is testing the Invenia ABUS 2.0™ (Automated Breast Ultrasound System) and will be available to patients by September. The technology was approved by the FDA for breast cancer screening as an adjunct to mammography for women with dense breast tissue. It demonstrates a 35.7 percent improvement in cancer detection in women with dense breasts without prior breast intervention.

Nathan Littauer employee, Tammy Gerdes, Senior Mammography Technologist, states, “At Nathan Littauer Hospital, we strive to provide our patients with the best technology available for their health care. We are pleased to announce the addition of an Automated Breast Ultrasound System to coincide with screening mammography for our patients with dense breast tissue.”

Dense breast tissue has been found to be the most common risk factor for the development of cancer. It also makes cancer more difficult to detect using mammography, according to multiple large studies. As breast density goes up, the accuracy of mammograms goes down. The difficulty radiologists experience when reading mammograms is that both dense tissue and cancer appear white on a mammogram. With ABUS, suspicious masses appear black against the white dense tissue, making visual interpretation much easier.

“The issue with a regular mammogram is that some patients may have pacemakers, implants, or dense breasts, making it very difficult to interpret a mammogram,” says Dr. John Mastrangelo. “ABUS is a much more efficient screening and the image is clearer. With this new system, we can detect up to two to six more cancers in conjunction with a women’s mammogram.”

In early 2019, a national density inform law was passed that mandates that the FDA update mammography reporting so that women be notified if their breasts are dense. Providers may offer supplemental imaging as appropriate to help find cancers hiding in dense breast tissue.

The unique challenges of breast cancer screening led to important technology innovations that result high resolution images that can be acquired rapidly. Clinically, this offers an efficient option that provides enhanced resolution and contrast, making the Invenia ABUS 2.0 system well-positioned to address the workflow challenges of breast cancer screening and improve the detection of breast cancer, in women with dense breasts.

Dr. Mastrangelo recommends, “Women should get regular mammograms as suggested by their doctor. If they have been informed that they have dense breast tissue, they should talk to their doctor or radiologist about their specific risk and additional screening tests that might be appropriate.”

For further information about ABUS Invenia 2.0, visit:

https://www.gehealthcare.com/products/ultrasound/abus-breast-imaging/invenia-abus

 

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About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74 bed acute care hospital with an 84 bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.

 

Nathan Littauer Hospital Recognized for Considerable Lactation Care

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home for excellence in lactation care.

“This is huge. We’ve taken quite a few steps forward when it comes to new technology and medical practices in breastfeeding support,” says Nancy Quinlan, RN, IBCLC. “A lot of our patients are excited. They even say we are a medical practice leader.”

Nathan Littauer received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition of staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, Nathan Littauer hosted the World Breastfeeding Week event August 7, to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

IBCLCs focus on preventive care, so that they are available during pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. IBCLCs continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping families overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as the patient’s baby grows. They assist families returning to work or school, help families in more unusual situations such as a patient breastfeeding more than one baby, or a patient nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.

“Receiving this award is of great importance to all of our professions,” says Cheryl McGrattan, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “The care of our patients and the important role we play in the instruction of our staff and breastfeeding mothers means a lot to us.”

As allied health care professionals with the leading internationally recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLC professionals work in hospitals and birthing centers, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, and in research. There are currently more than 31,000 such professionals in 110 countries worldwide that are IBCLC’s (www.iblce.org). The IBCLC certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies® (NCCA®). NCCA accreditation represents a mark of quality for certification programs.

 

 

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About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74 bed acute care hospital with an 84 bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.

Johnstown Eagles Donate 300 Bears for Littauer’s “Teddy Bear Hospital” Event

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Children without their own action hero, stuffed animal or teddy bear didn’t miss out on the fun of Nathan Littauer Hospital’s “Teddy Bear Hospital” event on August 4, thanks to a generous donation of 300 bears from the Johnstown Eagles. The event, which is in its second year, drew more than 300 people. It was designed to help children become familiar with the Hospital and its personnel. Children bring toys for a variety of simulated treatments from medical professionals from around the organization.

“Often, children meet us for the first time under very stressful circumstances,” said Cheryl McGrattan, Littauer’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “The Teddy Bear Hospital event allows them to meet us in a fun environment first so when they come back for care, it’s less frightening and intimidating.”

David F. Cook of the Johnstown Eagles said his organization was pleased to be a part of the effort.

“We’re very thankful to have provided the donation to Nathan Littauer Hospital,” Cook said to gathered volunteers on the day of the event. “It was our pleasure to make a difference for the kids. We’ve been helping the community for 114 years and we will continue to do so.”

Cheryl McGrattan, Vice President of Marketing and Communications with Dave Cook, member of The Fraternal Order of Eagles, and The Johnstown Eagles.

The Johnstown Eagles have been members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for 114 years and have made numerous donations to Littauer and other organizations in the community. Established in 1898, FOE donates more than $10 million dollars a year to local charities, fundraisers, and communities. Their mission, “…to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness, and hope,” was a good fit with Littauer’s mission.

“The donation was such a heartwarming gift to our local children,” said McGrattan. “The Fraternal Order of Eagles are a wonderful supporter of Littauer. We are so grateful to have a close working relationship with such a generous organization.”

Dave Cook, member of The Fraternal Order of Eagles, and The Johnstown Eagles is praised for his philanthropic donation for Teddy Bear Hospital.

 

About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74 bed acute care hospital with an 84 bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.