Southtowns Radiology LLC Acquires New Echelon Oval 1.5T MRI Imaging System

Southtowns Radiology has added a new Oval 1.5T magnetic resonance (MR) imaging system to its list of diagnostic offerings. The MRI offers a broad range of clinical capabilities, sequences, and features to meet the demands of today’s diagnostic imaging professionals.

The Oval 1.5T MR system provides outstanding imaging performance on a platform designed for the patient. The Oval’s exclusive 74 cm wide oval bore shapes the MR imaging environment to the patient. The industry’s widest patient table provides access and comfort to the broadest possible spectrum of patient types: from pediatric to bariatric to claustrophobic to geriatric – and everyone in-between.

The Oval MRI features a mobile patient table, an in-room technologist monitor and an integrated coil system to provide an efficient workflow and high utilization critical in today’s busy imaging center.

This technology forms the foundation to support the state of the art MRI scanning of today, and the advances in the future. With a broad array of scanning sequences and protocols, the Oval MRI achieves the very best in image quality while maintaining the highest levels of patient comfort and satisfaction.

Southtowns Radiology has installed the new Oval MRI system to offer physicians and the community access to the most advanced diagnostic imaging techniques currently available in the healthcare industry.

Southtowns Radiology is located at 3050 Orchard Park Rd in West Seneca, New York 14224. For more information on the Oval MRI system’s capabilities, call 716-649-9000 or visit

Dr. Ray and Dr. Licata honored as Top Docs

Dr. Ray and Dr. Licata Honored as Top Docs

Nov. 6, 2015 – Dr. Jennifer Kam Ray and Dr. Michael Licata were honored to receive the 2015 Top Docs designation by Castle Connelly and will be featured in Buffalo Spree Magazine’s Top Docs issue in January 2016.

The doctors included in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor listings were selected after peer noDSC_0870mination, extensive research and careful review and screening by their doctor-directed research team. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be listed as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor.

Only six radiologists from Western New York were chosen for this honor in 2015.  Southtowns Radiology is proud to have two of these esteemed radiologists in our practice.

Jennifer Kam Ray, M.D. is Southtowns Radiology’s Medical Director.  She is board certified in radiology providing additional expertise in pelvic MR, ultrasound and breast imaging.  Dr. Ray is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School.  She completed her radiology residency at Rochester General Hospital and her internal medicine internship at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo.

Michael Licata, D.D.S., M.Ddr-licata. has twice been recognized as a Top Doc in 2014 and 2015.  He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo where he completed his doctorate in both medicine and dental surgery.   His post-doctorate training included a residency in diagnostic radiology at SUNY at Buffalo, an internship in internal medicine at Millard Fillmore Hospital and a residency in general dentistry at Buffalo General Hospital.  Dr. Licata currently serves as the Chairman of Radiology at Sisters of Charity Hospital’s St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga.

For more information on the Top Docs listing, visit Castle Connelly and Buffalo Spree Magazine.

3D Mammography at Southtowns Radiology

Hologic 3D Mammography at Southtowns Radiology Significantly Increases Cancer Detection

July 17, 2015

Southtowns Radiology is excited to offer Hologic Genius 3D Mammography for breast cancer screening.  3D mammography produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

In the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a groundbreaking study was published that found Hologic’s 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) screening technology significantly increased cancer detection while simultaneously reducing the number of false positives.

The study, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography”,  that reviewed close to half a million mammography exams, was led by Sarah M. Friedewald, MD of the Caldwell Breast Center, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.1 The researchers found that 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive or lethal cancers than a traditional mammogram. According to the study’s results, 3D mammography also reduces the number of women called back for unnecessary screenings due to false alarms.  That reduces anxiety, as well as health care costs.

Significant findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers. (p<.001)
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers. (p<.001)
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging. (p<.001)
  • A 49% increase in Positive Predictive Value (PPV) for a recall. (p<.001)
  • A 21% increase in PPV for biopsy. (p<.001)
  • No significant change in the detection of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

This study, using Hologic 3D mammography systems, involved 13 U.S. breast screening sites and 139 radiologists.

The center’s Selenia® Dimensions® 3D mammography system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. The Selenia Dimensions system offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ground-breaking Hologic Genius 3D Mammography platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance for all breast types. 2

We believe Hologic Genius 3D Mammography will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer.

The Hologic Genius 3D mammography screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a 3D mammography exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles.  These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

By offering women the latest and more accurate3 technology in mammography, Southtowns Radiology expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival.  If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. 4

Southtowns Radiology is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering Hologic 3D mammography, Southtowns Radiology provides the latest in imaging technology. If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact our office at 716-649-9000 or visit our Mammography page for more information.


1  Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, Durand MA, Plecha DM, Greenberg JS, Hayes MK, Copit DS, Carlson KL, Cink TM, Barke LD, Greer LN, Miller DP, Conant EF,  Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography, JAMA June 25, 2014.

2 Rafferty E, Park J, Philpotts L, et al. “Assessing Radiologist Performance Using Combined Digital Mammography and Breast Tomosynthesis Compared with Digital Mammography Alone: Results of a Multicenter, Multireader Trial.” Radiology. 2013 Jan; 266(1):104-13. Epub 2012 Nov 20.

3 Zuley M, Bandos A, Ganott M, et al.  “Digital Breast Tomosynthesis versus Supplemental Diagnostic Mammographic Views for Evaluation of Noncalcified Breast Lesions.”  Radiology. 2013 Jan; 266(1):89-95. Epub 2012 Nov 9.

4  Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011, American Cancer Society.



SRA is Accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center

SRA is Accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center

Southtowns Radiology received full accreditation from the American College of Radiology for low-dose CT lung cancer screening scans.  These scans screen high-risk patients for lung cancer using one short CT scan using a low dose of radiation.   Early detection can save lives and lead to better outcomes for patients.  The U.S. Preventative Task Force recommends annual lung cancer screening for patients that fit the following criteria:

  • Between the ages of 55-80
  • Have smoked 30 or more pack years (one pack per day for 30 years)
  • Current smokers or those who have quit within the last 15 years
  • Does not have a history of pulmonary nodule, lung cancer or suspicious findings on past chest X-rays

Talk with your doctor about whether you might be a candidate for this screening test.  For more information visit our Lung Cancer Screening webpage.


Volpara is the solution to your next mammogram

Volpara is the solution to your next mammogram—

And Southtowns Radiology is the place.

by Shannon Traphagen

Article published in Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine


Every woman faces a time in their lives when mammograms become reality. Whether you are experienced or having one done for the first time, the feelings are usually the same—anxiety, worry, stress.

I remember when I had my first mammogram, only thirty five at the time, I did it just to be proactive. With no history in the family, my nerves were still off the charts. I knew I had nothing to fear, but it didn’t stop my worrying—and I’m not alone in this feeling. This is how many women feel when having a mammogram.

Southtowns Radiology has gone to great lengths to help ease that emotional toll, working hard to help women understand the make-up of their breasts and be proactive about breast health.

Part of being proactive is in understanding breast density. Breast density is the amount of fatty tissue that makes up women’s breasts. When you look at an x-ray of your mammogram, what you most likely see is dark tissue. White areas represent the amount of dense tissue; the less fatty tissue a woman has, the denser the breast is. This “density” is known as fibroglandular tissue. White areas of fibroglandular tissue can obscure small masses in mammography.

Southtowns Radiology has taken an innovative and simplified approach to enhance screening accuracy while still utilizing traditional mammogram technology. “Digital mammograms are still extremely relevant,” states Emilie Beecher, Southtown’s marketing manager. Southtown’s approach is in using a technology called Volpara Density; a tool that works in the background of a mammogram to give the most accurate screening. “Volpara works behind the scenes of digital mammography, detecting density type,” Emilie states. She continues, “Higher density doesn’t mean cancer. It means an ultrasound or other follow up may be needed.”

Volpara uses precision and accuracy to determine breast health, alleviating follow up that might not be necessary. Volpara also allows women to understand the make-up of their breasts in an uncomplicated way. Think of the computers we use daily. We have software running in the background to detect anything out of the ordinary. Volpara works much the same way. It gives radiologists an “extra set of eyes” from a different perspective.

“Ultimately we want to give women as much information as we can so they can make the best decisions for themselves—and Volpara helps us do that,” states Emilie.

Not only does Southtowns Radiology have exclusive use of Volpara density, but they make every experience unique for each patient that walks through their doors. They treat everyone with empathy and individualized care. They are a team, a family, and they treat each patient as part of that family.

Their compassion, empathy, and endless innovation into early cancer detection are what help save lives. And it’s this level of care that makes Southtowns Radiology a leader in cancer detection, breast health and education.

If you would like to know more about Volpara Density, call Southtowns Radiology at 558-5400, visit, or stop by one of their three locations in Hamburg, Orchard Park or West Seneca, NY.

Business First Names SRA #1 on Diagnostic Imaging Center List

Business First names SRA #1 on diagnostic imaging center list

Buffalo, N.Y. – Business First newspaper has ranked Southtowns Radiology first on its annual list of diagnostic imaging centers, published in its Nov. 28, 2014 edition.  The rankings are based on total volume of inpatient and outpatient scans performed in the year 2013.

Southtowns Radiology has 19 board certified radiologists with various sub-specialties that read in the three SRA offices as well as in four hospitals and outpatient facilities for the Catholic Health System.  This is the third year that SRA has ranked first on the list since it has been participating in it.

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SRA Introduces Volpara Density for the most accurate breast density screening

Southtowns Radiology First in WNY to Adopt Quantitative Breast Imaging Tools from Volpara Solutions to Maintain Accuracy in Breast Screening

VolparaDensity™ Provides Comprehensive Volumetric Data to Deliver Actionable Intelligence for Digital Mammography Screening of Women with Dense Breasts

Sept. 1, 2014 – Southtowns Radiology became the first in Western New York to offer VolparaDensity™ breast imaging software to help overcome the limitations of mammography to detect cancer in women with dense breasts. VolparaDensity is designed to provide actionable intelligence to help maintain accuracy and consistent quality in breast screening.  It categorizes breast density into four categories – A, B, C and D – to provide the radiologist with a 100% accurate reading of dense breast tissue.

With three convenient locations, Southtowns Radiology is an accredited Breast Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Volpara Solutions provides the ability to offer objective breast density values and volumetric performance metrics for all digital mammograms performed at the Hamburg and Orchard Park offices.

Breast density has not only been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, it also decreases the sensitivity of the mammogram and thereby may impact early detection. Thirty-five percent of breast cancer goes undetected by mammography in women with dense breasts, as density masks the appearance of tumors (Boyd et al 2007, NEJM). Since dense breast tissue and cancer appear white on a mammogram, finding cancers can be analogous to looking for a snowball in a snow storm.


Cleared by the FDA, HealthCanada, the TGA and CE-marked, VolparaDensity is used by radiologists to objectively assess density from digital mammography  images and help evaluate who might benefit from additional screening. Highly correlated to breast MR assessments, VolparaDensity is a reliable tool which automatically generates an objective, automatic measurement of volumetric breast density and a FDA cleared BI-RADS breast density category. To date, more than 3 million women have had their volumetric breast density analyzed using VolparaDensity.

Learn more at UnderstandBreastDensity.Org

Celebrating the retirement of Dr. Oscar J. Llugany

Southtowns Radiology celebrates the retirement of Oscar J. Llugany, M.D.

June 25, 2014 – Southtowns Radiology Associates celebrated the retirement of Oscar J. Llugany M.D., who ended his tenure with the group after over four decades of medical practice in Buffalo.

Dr. Llugany began his careDSC_1223mdser in radiology in 1972 after completing his medical degree at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Facultad de Medicina in Argentina.  He joined Southtowns Radiology in 1977 and was instrumental in building the company to its current standing as one of the largest radiology practices in Western New York.

Dr. Llugany was a familiar face to the many who worked and interacted with him at OLV and the Catholic Health System over the years.  His reputation as a kindhearted and supportive colleague was second only to his skill as a physician.

After many wonderful years, the entire team at Southtowns Radiology wishes Dr. Llugany the best in his future endeavors and a joyful retirement.



SRA Welcomes Dr. Keith Kaplan

April 1, 2014 – Southtowns Radiology is pleased to announce the hiring of Keith Kaplan, M.D.  Keith_Kaplan

Dr. Kaplan is board certified in diagnostic radiology.  He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed his residency at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, P.A. Prior to that he graduated from Canisius College and received his masters degree in Natural Sciences and Molecular Immunology from a joint program through SUNY Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  He joins us having previously practiced at a medical center in the northtowns.

Dr. Kaplan has several publications in his field, including a textbook chapter titled ‘The Imaging of Conception’ in Gynecologic Imaging by Fielding, et. al. 2011.   He lives in Clarence Center with his wife and three children.

Giving Back for Haven House

Southtowns Radiology is Giving Back for Haven House


The donations have been coming in quickly: packs of diapers, wipes, new onesies and baby bottles, formula, tolietries and blankets.  Southtowns Radiology is the drop-off location for items for WGRZ Channel 2’s Melissa Holmes Community Baby Shower, all to benefit the families at Haven House.

The idea was born as Daybreak Anchor Melissa Holmes drew closer to her due date for her first child.  The station decided to host a community baby shower, but instead of buying for Melissa the items would all be donated for Haven House.

Haven House is a safe shelter for women and children in Erie County who are victims of domestic abuse.  It offers a broad range of residential and community-based services designed to empower victims and support them in seeking safety, self-determination, and justice. Haven House provides victims with the resources needed to rebuild their lives. Children are taught skills to cope with family crises and learn non-violent forms of conflict resolution.  As of today, there are 75 women and their children in their care including many newborns and babies.

The Southtowns Radiology team has enthusiastically taken up the challenge.  Both the Hamburg and Orchard Park site have bins available in our lobby to drop off items during workday hours.  Hamburg Office Manager Diana Iglewski is hosting a baby shower for an SRA technologist also expecting her first child, and asking attendees to bring a donation for the drive.  All items will be collected through Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.