Mount Sinai Medical Center in Aventura will be purchasing a new mammography system at the Women’s Center, thanks to a $750,000 grant from the trust of Gail S. Posner.
The Gail S. Posner Women’s Center and the Gail S. Posner Women’s Imaging Suite was inaugurated in October 2014 to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Posner was the heiress who left her Chihuahua Conchita with a $3 million trust fund, along with full reign of her $8.3 million Miami Beach mansion in 2010.
Sanford J. Schlesinger, the trustee of the Posner estate, said that she was treated for breast cancer at Mount Sinai Medical Center before she died.
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“She was very impressed with the nature, extent and the quality of the treatment offered,” Schlesinger said. “In her will, she wanted to give back to what gave to her.”
The tomosynthesis 3D mammography system, which will be installed in the Women’s Center this fall, is an advanced screening and diagnostic tool that aids with the detection of breast cancer. When screening, the machine rotates at an arc around the breast, taking multiple X-ray pictures at different angles.
“It works in a similar fashion to a CT scan, which creates images in thin slices that create a 3D image,” said Dr. Stuart Kaplan, section chief of breast imaging and vice chairman of the department of radiology at Mount Sinai. “When looking at the tissue in thin slices, we can pick up subtle changes that might not be apparent on a 2D image.”
Tomosynthesis is suggested for women with dense breast tissue, breast cancer survivors, and those with a genetic predisposition to breast cancer.
Studies have shown the 3D technology yields fewer callbacks for additional screening and testing compared to 2D mammograms, according to the American Cancer Society. Additionally, the machine is said to be more comfortable for the patient because the images can be produced in a single compression.
“We are very honored that Mr. Schlesinger, of the Posner Trust, is committed to Mount Sinai’s mission in providing high quality healthcare to our community,” said Steven D. Sonenreich, the president & CEO of Mount Sinai. “By enabling this acquisition of 3D tomography technology, we will save countless lives.”
The center will be formally dedicated to Gail S. Posner this fall, at the same time when the 3D mammography services will be available to patients.
As of January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established reimbursement rates of approximately $57 for 3D screening and diagnostic testing, as an add on payment rate to traditional 2D mammography services.
The women’ services currently offered at the Mount Sinai Aventura location are screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasounds, ultrasound guided breast biopsies, bone densitometry and pelvic ultrasounds.
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Where: 2845 Aventura Boulevard, Aventura, FL 33180