Cutting-edge technology at Duna Medical Center


Date: 2015. 07. 15.

We are proud to use cutting-edge technology at Duna Medical Center. Some of our equipment is not available anywhere else in the country. Let’s see what our radiological equipment can do:

Our radiological department is equipped with a state-of-the-art, low-dose X-ray, 3D digital mammograph (tomosynthesis) that can perform stereotactic tissue biopsy, as well as a full-body bone densitometer, which assists accurate diagnosis.

 

3D tomosynthesis-guided stereotactic breast biopsy: a special tool in the assessment of micro calcifications, which can help to avoid a significant proportion of breast surgeries.

Stereotactic, vacuum-assisted breast biopsy is recognized all over the world as the only completely accurate procedure to safely diagnose micro calcifications of the breast without surgery and to plan surgical interventions properly. Lesions found on screening tests and clinical mammography can sometimes not be palpated or detected by ultrasound; the most modern assessment of such lesions is tomosynthesis-guided stereotactic breast biopsy, which is not available anywhere else in Hungary.

The most important advantage of this machine is its 99.3% accuracy, which means that breast surgery is only performed in malignant cases. This fact is worth noting as two-thirds of micro calcifications that are removed without a definite diagnosis turn out to be benign; therefore breast surgery can be avoided in the vast majority of cases with the help of stereotactic breast biopsy.

 

Digital mammography with 3D tomosynthesis: 41% more breast cancers can be detected

Our special digital tomosynthesis-guided mammograph moves along a curve around the breast, and divides the complicated image into about 50 layers of about 1 mm each. In contrast, most traditional mammographs – even the digital ones – take only one shot from one direction. As a result of its innovative, sensitive detector, our machine works with a very low dose but produces an image of very high resolution – the smallest pixel is not bigger than 0.07 mm.

It has been proved and reported in the scientific literature that tomosynthesis detects 29-41% more cases of invasive breast cancers than digital mammography. Furthermore, these lesions are smaller when they are detected at an early stage, treatment can be started earlier and 40% fewer supplementary images are necessary.

The Hologic machine at our institution uses software to produce the combined – so called synthetic – 2D image from the separate images of the individual layers without the use of x-ray. This unique feature has been approved by the FDA. 

The analysis of such complex images and the performance of biopsy need highly qualified professionals: the radiologists working at Duna Medical Center receive special training, have international experience and are fully licensed.

 

Automatic X-ray image fusion for examination of orthopaedic conditions and for the assessment of scoliosis (curvature of the spine)

Our unique equipment is able to automatically piece together series of X-ray images of a longer region (for instance all segments of the spinal cord) and thus the spine can be visualized in only one digital panoramic image. In this way the statics of the spinal cord can be examined easily, the degree of scoliosis can be measured, and curvatures, angles and distances can be calculated precisely. All these provide substantial help in determining the optimal therapeutic method of orthopaedic disorders.