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2011 Press Releases
Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center Offers Offers Latest Technology For Breast Cancer

CLEARWATER, Fla., (Aug. 19, 2011)- As part of its commitment to providing advanced and comprehensive breast imaging and diagnostic services, the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center is the first health center in the Tampa Bay area to offer the Dilon 6800Ò Gamma Camera.

The device is located in the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center inside the recently opened Axelrod Pavilion, on the Morton Plant Hospital campus.

The Dilon 6800 is a high-resolution, compact gamma camera, optimized to perform Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI), also known as Molecular Breast Imaging. BSGI is complementary diagnostic tool that helps detect breast cancer after a mammogram screening requiring a follow up, and helps detect early stage cancers even in dense breast tissue.

“We are committed to providing our patients with the most advanced technology in breast health,” said Barbara Bourland, M.D., medical director of the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center. “With this new tool, we have an accurate and cost-effective instrument for clarifying mammograms that are inconclusive because of high- density tissue, and also for evaluating palpable abnormalities that are not seen on mammography or ultrasound. Ultimately we believe BSGI will translate into earlier detection of breast cancer.”

With BSGI, the patient receives a pharmaceutical tracing agent that is absorbed by all the cells in the body. Because of their increased rate of metabolic activity, cancerous cells in the breast absorb a greater amount of the tracing agent than healthy cells and generally appear as “dark spots” on the BSGI image.

BSGI with the Dilon 6800 Acella takes about 45 minutes to perform. Because there is no compression of the breast and patients are seated throughout the entire procedure, it can be more comfortable than a mammogram.

According to a recent study, BSGI has comparable sensitivity to MRI. Other studies show that BSGI with the Dilon 6800 performs better than mammography, ultrasound and MRI for some patient populations who need additional imaging following a mammogram screening requiring a follow-up visit.

For more information on the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center, call (727) 953-6877.

About Morton Plant Hospital

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. Morton Plant is the only hospital in the United States to have been awarded Top 100 Hospital designations by the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success for a consecutive 12 years. Other hospital honors include: Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care, “Baby-Friendly” hospital status from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for its efforts to support mothers’ decision to breast feed and received Florida Hospitals Association’s Innovation of the Year in Patient Care award. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla.  For more information about Morton Plant Hospital, call (727) 953-6877.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at  


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Beth Hardy, (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 402-8113 Pager

Jim Scavino, (727) 462-7416 Phone, (727) 402-5976 Pager