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R2 ImageChecker

This year, the American Cancer Society reports that approximately 3000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Kentucky. Six hundred of those women will die. There’s a group of volunteers at Baptist Health Corbin who want to see more of those women live.

A group of women and men that make up the Auxiliary at Baptist Health Corbin have purchased the R2 ImageChecker. With a hefty price tag of a quarter of a million dollars, the Auxiliary hope that this new technology will provide earlier detection and save more lives.

The R2 ImageChecker, by R2 Technology, is the leader in computer aided detection (CAD), according to Sue Hawley, applications specialist for R2 Technology. The R2 ImageChecker System is like a ‘spell checker’ for medical images. It is designed to assist radiologists in reducing the number of false negative readings by drawing attention to areas that warrant a second look.

The R2 ImageChecker assists the radiologists by seeking out and highlighting areas that need to be given a closer look. The computer-aided detection system digitizes a mammogram and analyzes it. Then the areas that contain features associated with breast cancer are highlighted. After the radiologist views the mammogram conventionally, he or she then reviews the R2 markers displayed on a video monitor.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the R2 claim that "using the ImageChecker could result in earlier detection of up to 23.4% of the cancers currently detected with mammography in those women who had a prior screening mammogram 9-24 months earlier." This means that with the ImageChecker, of the 200,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in America in 2002, 46,000 women could have been diagnosed 9-24 months earlier. The R2 ImageChecker could have given 46,000 more women a better chance at beating breast cancer.

Baptist Health Corbin is the only hospital in the area to have this cutting-edge technology. To have mammograms read with the R2 ImageChecker, women would have to travel to Knoxville or Lexington. "We are the only facility in about a 200 mile radius to have this technology," Steely says. "I believe this is a necessary service for women. It will give them additional peace of mind, more than just a normal mammogram," he added.

Steely adds that Baptist Health Corbin’s radiologists are highly trained professionals who have an excellent track record when it comes to diagnosing breast cancer. "Now they have a new tool, the R2 ImageChecker and the possibilities are astounding," Steely says.

Baptist Health Corbin radiologist Dr. Harold Reedy, who recently received training on the R2 ImageChecker said, "(With this) cutting edge technology, we (Baptist Health Corbin) will become the new standard of care in early breast cancer detection. We are very appreciative of our volunteers," Reedy concludes.

To schedule a mammogram at Baptist Health Corbin, call Centralized Scheduling at 606-523-8602. BRMC can make a difference.

BRMC Auxiliary raised $250,000 for R2 ImageChecker
Baptist Health Corbin’s Auxiliary is a group of volunteers who assist the hospital through fundraising activities in order to purchase much needed equipment.

Recently, the Auxiliary went out on a limb by agreeing to purchase the R2 ImageChecker. This $250,000 piece of equipment will be used by radiologists at Baptist Health Corbin to read mammogram films.