“Four minutes is a long time when you have a needle in your breast, and it’s also under mammographic compression,” said Kathryn McCarthy, head of mammography at Mercy Health–Springfield Regional Medical Center.
“Making the biopsy process faster helps ensure our patients experience the least amount of discomfort possible, and that’s what this new equipment will do,” she added.
The new Imaging equipment will also allow radiologists to review images without leaving the biopsy room. This can result in quicker confirmation that the area of concern has been successfully removed, which sometimes also results in less tissue being removed, Mercy Health officials stated.
A second grant of $13,000 will go toward new equipment used to test for bacteria at the site of a suspected infection or in certain bodily fluids such as blood and urine.
The new equipment will automate the test and speed up the process, according to the release from the health network.
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