Digital Mammography at Deaconess Hospital (12/28/2005)
Deaconess Hospital Now Offers Digital Mammography
Deaconess Hospital added two Hologic Selenia Full Field Digital Mammography systems to the comprehensive diagnostic services dedicated to women and the early detection of breast cancer. The new systems incorporate revolutionary imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp images, said Alicia F. Vanhooser, MD, board certified diagnostic radiologist specializing in women’s imaging at Deaconess.
From the patient’s point of view, a digital mammogram is like traditional film screen mammography. Both use X-rays to generate images of the breast. However, instead of using film to capture and record the image, a digital mammogram uses a special detector to capture and convert X-ray energy into digital data. The resulting images are immediately available to the radiologist for diagnosis.
“The technology is remarkable because I can then view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue. I can also adjust brightness and contrast, and zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses, and other changes that may be signs of early cancer,” Vanhooser continued. “This remarkable technology assures that we can provide the best possible care and diagnosis to women.”
Digital mammography offers a number of other practical advantages and patient conveniences. Because there is no waiting for film to be developed, it can significantly reduce the time patients spend in the imaging center, as well as reduce the need for repeat exams due to under or over exposure. Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically, eliminating the dependency on one set of original films, which can be misfiled or lost in transit.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics demonstrate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent.
Deaconess Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please call 4..