Medina Memorial adds new 3-D mammography machine for better X-rays

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 13 February 2021 at 8:36 am

Photo by Ginny Kropf: Stephanie Aquilina, X-ray technician at Medina Memorial Hospital, adjusts the new state-of-the-art 3-D mammography machine as Dr. Dale Sponaugle, director of radiology, looks on.

MEDINA – A new mammography machine at Medina Memorial Hospital will provide the most accurate diagnoses available, according to radiology staff.

Dr. Dale Sponaugle, director of radiology; Stephanie Aquilina, X-ray technician; and Erica Chutko, manager of radiology, explained the machine’s three dimensional capabilities on Friday.

“This machine allows us to see the breast three-dimensionally,” Sponaugle said. “In the past, we might have to bring a patient back in or send her somewhere else, especially women with dense breasts.”

“This machine is top notch, technically one of the most state-of-the-art in the world,” said X-ray technician Stephanie Aquilina. Since we got the machine Dec. 23, we have already caught several suspicious cases and were able to clear up a questionable area.”

Chutko explained the old two-dimensional machine provided one view from the top and one from the side, whereas, the three-dimensional machine adds an arc.

“When women have dense breasts, it is very hard to visualize what is in that tissue,” Chutko said.

“Those women are at a higher risk of something being missed,” Aquilina said.

Chutko added the new 3-D machine means there is less chance a patient will have to return for additional views, meaning she will also be subjected to less radiation.

Now there is less chance patients will have to be sent elsewhere for further testing, Aquilina said.

Since the hospital reopened its doors for elective procedures – after having to put those off due to Covid-19 restrictions, Aquilina said more than 200 patients have been X-rayed in two months.

“We used to have to send a lot of patients out for further testing, but since using our new machine, we’ve only had to send two elsewhere, she said. “That’s a huge improvement.”

Jessica Capurso, director of Wellness, Education and Marketing for Community Partners, said the new 3-D mammography X-ray machine was purchased with financial help from Orleans Community Health Foundation.

“So when you get a request for a donation, now you know where the money goes,” she said.