New Tool to Fight Breast Cancer

Posted at: 10/23/2013 4:33 PM
Updated at: 10/23/2013 10:37 PM

A new, $100,000 tool in the fight against breast cancer was unveiled on Wednesday at St. Luke's.

The Faxitron BioVision machine is a portable x-ray system used to image tissue specimens from biopsies taken from women with suspected breast cancer.

They showed us how it works. A specimen from a biopsy is placed inside the machine. With a push of a button, the image pops up almost instantaneously, and can show different variations of the specimen. Radiologists and surgeons can look at the image immediately after the biopsy.

St. Luke's CEO, John Strange, said they know waiting for biopsy results can be nerve-wracking. "We are know the worry that goes along with this. And there has been concern the time frames are too long. We're working constantly to reduce those times."

The Faxitron BioVision machine is the first of its kind in the region and was funded through a donation to St. Luke’s Foundation by the Women Rock event staged by Charter Media and supported by Como Oil’s Project Pink propane truck. The next Women Rock event is coming up on Saturday, November 2nd, at Spirit Mountain.