New Technology Enhances Breast Cancer Detection at Lenox Hill Hospital

NEW YORK – Lenox Hill Hospital announced that it has recently implemented state-of-the-art Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) technology that significantly enhances breast cancer detection over regular mammography and reduces the crucial patient waiting period from detection to diagnosis.

 CESM produces unique images that illuminate and highlight contrast-enhanced areas, helping the radiologist quickly and easily identify normally inconspicuous tumors. Lenox Hill Hospital is one of only two Manhattan facilities to offer this cutting-edge technology.

CESM is a special type of mammogram that creates two separate exposures per view of each breast: one showing all of the information of a standard mammogram and the other denoting areas of increased blood supply. A contrast injected prior to the procedure follows blood flow patterns in the breast tissue, highlighting areas that may be cause for increased suspicion because breast cancer-affected tissue typically has a higher blood supply than normal tissue.

“We are very excited to have this innovative technology available for our patients,” said Kristin Byrne, MD, chief of breast imaging at Lenox Hill Hospital. “When there is a possible abnormality, it is wonderful to have a fast and accurate diagnostic tool where the patient will be given the results immediately.”

CESM presents several advantages over traditional mammography and the entire procedure can be completed in less than 10 minutes, much like a regular mammography.

“CESM is much more sensitive than standard mammography, even though the patient experience is not much different,” Dr. Byrne explained.

In addition, CESM has been shown to be almost as sensitive as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the detection of breast cancer and slightly superior to MRI in specificity because it produces fewer false positives. The most sensitive tool we have today to detect breast cancer is MRI; however, not all patients are candidates for an MRI and some patients’ insurance does not cover the procedure. In contrast to the MRI, CESM is less expensive, produces immediate results and does not have to be timed to the patient’s menstrual cycle or hormone replacement therapy.

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Lenox Hill Hospital
Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital with a national reputation for providing the highest quality care, training new physicians, and contributing to progress in research. Recognized nationally as a leader in cardiac care, orthopedics and maternal/child health, the Hospital also offers a wide range of services in radiology, and medical and surgical specialties.
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North Shore-LIJ Health System
The nation's second-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The winner of the National Quality Forum’s 2010 National Quality Healthcare Award, North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 15 hospitals, long-term care facilities and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house about 5,600 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,000 physicians. Its workforce of about 42,000 is the largest on Long Island and the ninth-largest in New York City.  For more information, go to

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