Memorial Hospital's Imaging Center is pleased to offer the Selenia® digital mammography
system from Hologic thanks to a generous donation by the hospital Auxiliary.
As you know, we strive to deliver the highest quality of care to the patients we serve
by using the most advanced technology available. Digital mammography is quickly becoming
the standard in breast imaging and is the best tool for early diagnosis, giving patients
a much better chance of survival and leading a long, productive life.
Memorial Hospital's mammography center is happy to offer this state-of-the-art digital
technology to your readers. Our Selenia digital mammography system uses computers and
specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on
a high-resolution computer monitor, then transmitted and stored just like computer files.
This technology provides high quality digital breast images that allow the technologist
to zoom in for close-ups of specific areas of interest and even adjust brightness and
contrast. This advanced imaging is the latest technology in the fight against breast cancer.
Another advantage of digital mammography is the 30% - 40% lower dose of radiation
required as compared to traditional mammography techniques. We all know that early
detection is the key to saving lives.
Although there has been a decline in the rate of deaths from breast cancer in recent
years, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
Studies have shown that, when detected early, the chance for successful treatment
of breast cancer is very high.
Who should have a mammogram?
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women have a baseline screening mammogram
between the age of 35 and 40 and that beginning at the age of 40, women have an annual
screening mammogram. In addition to annual screening for women 40 and older,
women with certain risk factors should discuss an appropriate screening program
with their physician.
By offering patients the latest technology in digital mammography, we hope to increase
the number of area women who follow recommendations for regular mammography screenings.
THE BREAST SCREENING CENTER AT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL:
- Digital Mammography screening and instruction on self breast examination is a program
approved by the American College of Radiology.
- Breast ultrasound and biopsies are also available as needed.