Published on September 27, 2010

Owensboro Health now offering SonoCiné for breast cancer screening

Advanced ultrasound technology can detect cancers mammography may miss

OWENSBORO, KY (September 27, 2010) – RDI Outpatient Imaging, a service of Owensboro Health is now offering SonoCiné, advanced ultrasound technology for breast cancer screening. Early studies indicate that SonoCiné may find smaller cancers than relying on mammography alone.

Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler, M.D.

“SonoCiné makes cancer more visible because the breast tissue appears white while cancerous tissue appears dark."

“Mammography typically finds cancers small enough to be treated successfully,” says Dr. Terry Tyler, a radiologist and chief outpatient diagnostic officer for Owensboro Health. “Up until now we’ve used breast ultrasound as a diagnostic tool; SonoCiné allows us to use ultrasound for early detection.

“Women with dense breasts on mammography are potential candidates for SonoCiné,” Tyler says.

In women with dense breasts, mammograms are more difficult to interpret because it can be difficult to see through the dense tissue, which shows up as white on mammograms. Cancerous lumps also appear white so they become invisible and difficult to differentiate.

SonoCiné, cleared by the FDA as a supplement to mammogram screening, plugs into existing ultrasound equipment. The technology takes video of an entire patient's breast exam instead of just single pictures; it can be stopped, magnified and reviewed by the radiologist. If a radiologist wants to have a second or third look at an exam the patient doesn't have to come back.

“SonoCiné makes cancer more visible because the breast tissue appears white while cancerous tissue appears dark,” Tyler says. “We can go back and forth through the video to reduce the risk of missing anything, in addition to mammography.”

In a study of American women, adding SonoCiné ultrasound to the annual mammogram doubled the number of cancers found in a group representing approximately 40 percent of all women seeking annual mammograms.

SonoCine is offered at the RDI Springs location, Highway 54.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.