HMWR Uses New Equipment For Breast Cancer Prevention

CLEBURNE, Texas – Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital implements the newest “Computer Aided Detection” software, ImageChecker® to their radiology department. The assistance of the software will provide a great leap in technology for breast cancer detection.

The ImageChecker® CAD system from R2 Technology is the first FDA approved computer-aided detection system for screening and full view diagnostic mammograms. The pattern recognition software identifies characteristics in medical images associated with cancer and marks them for radiologists. This system has the potential to detect cancers up to two years earlier, helping to reduce the mortality rate of women with breast cancer.

Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital's radiology department will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to the public later this summer.

Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital's mammographers have 98 years of combined experience. The hospital successfully passed inspection and received its certification from the Bureau of Radiology Control.

The annual Black and White Gala, presented by friends of Walls Regional Hospital, provided significant funds for the new mammography equipment. The Gala has raised funds for the hospital and the surrounding community for 12 years.

“We want to continue to help the community in Johnson County,” said Elizabeth Childress, chair of the 2004 Black and White Gala. “The software would be the best way to help enhance early detection of breast cancer.”

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 215, 990 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer; 40, 110 will die, 12,980 of those women will be from Texas, according to the Cancer Therapy Research Center.

About Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital
Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital is a full-service, 137-bed acute care hospital with more than 80 physicians on the medical staff. Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital offers an Orthopedic and Joint Replacement Center, birthing suites with chimes that herald the birth of each new baby, community education classes, outpatient surgery and respiratory therapy. The hospital has received such honors as being named "One of the Top 100 Hospitals in America" for 1995, 1996 and 1998.