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The Breast Center of Hattiesburg Clinic installs an Aurora Breast MRI

Aurora Imaging Technology : 06 August, 2007  (New Product)
An Aurora 1.5Tesla Dedicated Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) System has been installed at the Breast Center of Hattiesburg Clinic in Mississippi, USA.
The Hattiesburg Clinic chose the Aurora Breast MRI System, the first and only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared dedicated breast MRI system, to offer patients a faster and more comfortable MRI experience, while providing physicians with one of the most advanced breast cancer detection and diagnostic imaging tools available.

The unit is now located in the Breast Center as part of Hattiesburg Clinic’s new comprehensive Women’s Center.

Hattiesburg Clinic is the state’s largest multidisciplinary clinic, committed to being the healthcare provider of choice in South Mississippi. By selecting the Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI System, Hattiesburg Clinic will continue its tradition of offering excellence in care and service to their patients.

“Over the years it has become evident that MRI is an absolute necessity in the diagnosis and management of breast cancer - the American Cancer Society’s recent update on breast screening guidelines reasserts what many physicians knew all along,” said William A Whitehead, MD, medical director, Breast Center, Hattiesburg Clinic.

“We are proud that Hattiesburg Clinic is now at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer with the installation of the Aurora System, as it accurately identifies abnormalities that may be missed on other modalities. This precision gives our physicians a higher level of confidence in providing the best care for our patients, and also helps relieve some of the anxiety patients experience when faced with a breast cancer diagnosis.”

Prior to the installation of the Aurora System, Hattiesburg Clinic sent newly diagnosed breast cancer patients nearly 90 miles to Jackson, Mississippi, USA, so they could receive the necessary MRI for proper treatment evaluation. This was an inconvenient and lengthy procedure as patients were only able to be screened one breast at a time, per day, on a traditional whole body MRI unit with aftermarket breast coils.

The installation of the Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI System provides the Center’s physicians a smoother process to accurately determine the extent of the disease, and to more quickly develop a treatment plan for each patient.

Aurora offers a truly dedicated breast MRI system that captures full coverage of both breasts, the chest wall and axillae in a single scan, without any compromise in image contrast or resolution. The Aurora System also delivers industry-leading, ultra-thin 1mm slices for superior resolution and clarity, ideal for detecting cancers that may be missed through mammography or other imaging modalities.

“Our commitment to manufacturing the highest quality MRI system for the detection of breast cancer has attracted many of the nation's finest breast centres and we are proud to partner with Hattiesburg Clinic as we expand the availability of the Aurora System throughout the USA,” said Olivia Ho Cheng, president and chief executive officer, Aurora.
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