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SVH Foundation Board Says Yea on Equipment Purchase for Nancy Reagan Breast Center

The Simi Valley Hospital Foundation (SVHF) voted to open its coffers at last Tuesday’s board meeting to purchase a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine valued at $150,000 for the Nancy Reagan Breast Center. The funds allocated toward the expenditure were the result of generous community giving.

“The board understood the need to safeguard the women of our community and took action,” said Jill Haney, SVHF board chair. “The new ultrasound equipment will provide the Nancy Reagan Breast Center with another tool in its arsenal to fight breast cancer.”

SVH Radiologist Eric Cordes, MD, said the new ultrasound machine (General Electric Logiq® 9), “…will offer improved resolution and astonishing image quality that will ultimately help us retrieve more clinical information than ever before. Having this information will guide further biopsy techniques if necessary.”

Ultrasound imaging is a common diagnostic medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic images (sonograms) of organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body.

For patients at the Nancy Reagan Breast Center, the new ultrasound machine does not replace digital mammography equipment but further assists radiologists discern whether a mass is cystic (a common lump or mass that is not cancerous) or solid (a dense mass or tumor that appears whiter than a cyst during diagnostic testing). If a mammogram records a mass, an ultrasound is typically used as part of the diagnosis process.

“Our board unanimously voted to fund the purchase of the ultrasound equipment for the Nancy Reagan Breast Center,” said Susan Myers, SVHF executive director. “It’s gratifying to work with a supportive board that really cares about Simi Valley Hospital’s mission of caring for the community.”

The new General Electric Logiq® 9 is on order and is expected to be delivered in the next three to four week.

Posted 10/24/08