Henry Ford West Bloomfield Begins Enrollment For Breast Cancer Study

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital announced that it has joined a naitonal clinical research study of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based U-Systems to evaluate whether digital mammography, when combined with the Somo-V Automated Breast Ultrasound System is more sensitive in detecting breast lesions compared to mammography alone in women with dense breasts.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital is the only site in Michigan, and one of only 10 breast cancer centers in the entire country, currently recruiting women for the Somo Insight clinical study.

“While mammography remains the gold standard, visualization of cancers in dense breast tissue with mammography can be limited in some women,” says Henry Ford radiologist Biren A. Shah, M.D., who is principal investigator for the Somo Insight Clinical Study at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. “We believe if this study is successful, it will be a tremendous technological advancement in early breast cancer detection, especially for the high risk group of women with dense breasts.”

The Somo Insight multi-center study will enroll up to 20,000 women at clinical study sites in the United States to determine the sensitivity of mammography and Somo-V together, compared to mammography alone for women with greater than fifty percent dense breast tissue.

Unlike mammography, which uses radiation to identify breast cancer lesions, Somo technology uses sound waves at a safe frequency to create images of the breast tissue. Ultrasound has been shown to find cancer that may not be visible with mammography alone, in women who have dense breasts.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, part of the Henry Ford Health System, offers full-service medical and surgical services, integrated with wellness and prevention programs. The all-private-room hospital opened with 191 beds, with an additional 109 beds expected to open in 2011. Services include specialty care, 24-hour emergency care, a senior neuroscience center, a wellness center with alternative therapies, a unique food culture, and retail shops. The hospital is located on 160 wooded acres, and designed with many energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features. To learn more, visit www.henryfordwestbloomfield.com.

More about the study at www.somoinsightstudy.org or www.u-systems.com.

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