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Aurora Medical Center adds new technology for faster cancer diagnosis

Friday, January 27, 2006

KENOSHA, Wis., With the help of improved technology, physicians at Aurora Medical Center will be able to treat cancer faster and more efficiently with the help of the Discovery ST (See and Treat), an imaging system that integrates a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner with a multi-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, capable of 2D and 3D imaging for all cancer patients.

This Discovery ST system provides physicians with more sensitivity, speed, resolution, and diagnostic confidence when treating cancer patients.

“Discovery ST assists our physicians in seeing the disease and planning radiation therapy treatment,’’ said Matt Coffey, manager, imaging services, Aurora Medical Center. “The new Discovery ST system will shorten scan times as well as provide improved image quality in both 2D and 3D modes.’’

More than 6 million people in the world will die from cancer this year according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, one in three will be diagnosed with cancer in his or her lifetime.

“Less time on the table means faster results and greater patient comfort,” said Daniel Rapp, MD, radiologist, Aurora Medical Center. “With the Discovery ST, we will all encounter better image quality and greater confidence in image interpretation. The new Discovery ST allows you to not only ‘see’ the disease, but to begin to ‘treat’ it.”

Chris Olson, administrator/chief nurse executive, Aurora Medical Center, said the Discovery ST is another example of Aurora Medical Center’s commitment to innovation and technology for early disease detection and supporting physicians in improved diagnosis and treatment.

“Everybody knows someone touched by cancer,’’ she said. “This advanced technology allows us to diagnose and treat cancer sooner and more accurately.

“This type of technology is typically found in large, big city hospitals and we’re pleased to be able to offer it at Aurora Medical Center.’’

Coffey said GE’s Discovery ST combines the fastest and most sophisticated computed tomography (CT) technology with the most advanced Positron Emission Tomography (PET) technology – all in a single exam. PET creates images of high metabolic activity in the body, rather than creating images of anatomy only.

“CT scans allows our doctors to see the internal structures within the human body,’’ he added. “Together, a PET/CT scan allows our physicians to view metabolic activity and pinpoint where abnormal lesions are located so that they may target the disease.’’

The GE Discovery ST is manufactured by GE Medical Systems of Waukesha, Wisconsin. GE Medical Systems is a global leader in medical information and technology.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.


Contact: Andy Johnson (262-767-6267)

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