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“From a patient’s standpoint, the anxiety and stress associated with waiting for a final diagnosis begins when the biopsy procedure is complete. Oftentimes, the actual specimen may not reach the pathology lab the same day. With problematic cases, the delay in locating the calcifications sometimes was as long as seven days. This was unacceptable for our patients. With the MX-20 Digital, we were able to reduce the median turn-around time to two days. With the help of the MX-20, our new goal is to report cases within 24 hours.”

Dr. Leo A. Niemeier, Pathologist
Riverside Methodist Hospital

"Faxitron's unit has opened a new era in specimen radiography.  The ultra high resolution and 5 times magnification capability of needle core and excisional biopsy tissue have enabled us to consistently find microcalcification that would otherwise escape detection.  The superior contrast achieved with very low kV enables discrimination of soft tissue lesions that have similar density to normal glandular tissue.  With Faxitron specimen radiography we can predict the extent and location of disease more accurately."

Dr. G.W. Eklund, Clinical Professor of Radiology
University of Illinois College of Medicine

"The unique microfocus magnification capability with Faxitron produces specimen radiographs which are superior in quality to those produced by conventional mammography apparatus.  These images have greatly improved our mammographic-pathologic teamwork.  We are better able to evaluate the extent of the disease, surgical margins and the adequacy of the tissue samples."

Dr. Laszlo Tabar, Professor of Radiology Director
Falun Central Hospital

“Previously, if we had trouble locating calcifications in breast biopsy tissue, we took the specimen to the radiology department to have it examined. This added more time to the specimen processing. As part of our lean process redesign, we now utilize the MX-20 system on-site in our pathology department.  As a direct result, we’ve effected a 60% improvement in turn-around time for identifying calcifications in breast biopsies. Additionally, our re-cuts of tissue blocks for calcifications have been reduced by 75%.”

Dr. Leo A. Niemeier, Pathologist
Riverside Methodist Hospital

“I just wanted to say thanks for convincing me to add the Faxitron system to our department’s capabilities. I can’t believe we ever did a stereotactic biopsy without one (and we will never again)! I initially considered this a desirable luxury but after having used the system I would reclassify it as near-necessity. The system significantly shortens the procedure time, which has greatly improved patient comfort, and also improves throughput as we are not waiting for or tying up a standard mammogram unit.”

Dr. Bruce Schroeder, Radiologist
Pitt County Memorial Hospital

“We do about 12 stereo procedures per week and save at least 10 minutes per case because the need to wait for a free mammography unit to obtain the specimen radiograph has been eliminated. We are now able to perform this task directly from the CoreVision without leaving the procedure room. We have found that specimen calcifications are actually easier to visualize on the CoreVision than on the mammography unit, which improves our efficiency and decreases the time needed to determine the adequacy of a specimen. We also are no longer required...

Dr. Kim Fitzpatrick, Radiologist
Tucson Breast Center

"With the Faxitron there was a marked difference in the time needed to obtain ready-to-read images, the ability to re-excise tissue promptly, and the overall operating room time, which showed an average potential savings of 19 minutes."

"The Faxitron device is self-contained and requires no additional radiation shielding. In our OR it’s located within 15 feet of the surgeon. Because the software features automatic exposure and post-image processing, our staff had little difficulty in quickly learning the technique."

Dr. Cary Kaufman, Breast Surgeon
Bellingham Regional Breast Center

"During stereotactic biopsy, Faxitron technology minimizes the time the patient is on the table. Previously, core biopsy samples were walked down the hall, where they were x-rayed using mammography equipment. Although the process took only a few minutes, the patient was required to wait in an uncomfortable position with the breast compressed. With the Faxitron system, the results are known in less than one minute. This is especially important if we don't get the calcification the first time around and need to take two or three samples. ...

Dr. Mitchell Sussman, Radiologist

“At Bolton Breast Unit we treat more than 180 screen detected breast cancer cases per year.  The majority of these patients are diagnosed with non-palpable disease in the breast and therefore require a localization/ marking procedure prior to their surgery, which is performed at the breast unit.  At the same time the tissue removed from the breast has to be x-rayed in order to confirm the correct operation, surgical margins.

The BioVision is a very user- friendly, quick and efficient device which allows us to perform these surgical...

Dr. Tibor Kovacs, Consultant Breast Surgeon
The Royal Bolton Hospital

"The BioVision is a mini x-ray machine that can do remote transmissions from the operating room. The results are transmitted directly to the imaging center and to radiology. That allows doctors to bring patients out of anesthesia quicker which is beneficial for our patients. This new machine will allow us to do more and help more people. It makes everything easier for everyone."

Dr. Gregory Senofsky, Breast Surgeon and Surgical Director
Margie Petersen Breast Center

“After a thorough review of specimen radiography systems, we opted for Faxitron. The system is ideal for use in stereotactic breast biopsies. Located right in the stereotactic suite, it enables us to identify calcifications within several seconds and has greatly improved throughput. Technologists and radiologists are very pleased with it. Personally, I don’t know what we would do without it.”

Dr. Kathy Schilling, Radiologist
Boca Raton Community Hospital

"The Faxitron is one of the great breakthroughs in breast cancer diagnosis in the past 10 years.  Through its exquisitely detailed magnification images, the Faxitron has expanded our understanding of breast pathophysiology, resulting in more accurate and complete diagnosis and better patient outcomes.  Every breast imaging practice should have access to this valuable tool"

Dr. Michael N. Linver, Co-Director of Mammography
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

"George Washington University Hospital has benefitted from having the BioVision digital specimen radiography system in the operating room. The BioVision system allows us to see the specimen radiographs immediately which has improved our efficiency substantially, benefitting us and our patients. We just love the BioVision system."

Dr. Christine B. Teal, Breast Surgeon and Director
George Washington University Hospital