At Three Rivers Health, one of our goals is to provide high quality care, locally. That is why in 2016, Three Rivers Health made an investment in state of the art medical imaging equipment with the purchase of new digital mammography equipment and a computer aided detection system.
The benefits of digital mammography vs traditional mammography are while both digital and traditional film mammographies are key technologies used in the diagnosis of breast cancer, digital mammography does have certain advances for some women over the traditional film method. For instance, it is more effective in detecting cancer under the age of 50 and in those whose breast are made of up dense tissue. Other differences include:
- A digital mammography exam takes less than half the time of traditional film-based exam, and there’s less of a chance you’ll be called back to retake your images.
- Your physician will gain viewing options never before possible with the unique ability to enhance certian areas to get a more precise picture of your condition.
- Your breast images can be zoomed in and out, and the contrast can be lightened or darkened. This feature helps detect microcalcifications, which is like revealing a grain of salt in a ball of clay.
- Digital images give better visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line, chestwall, and in women with dense breast tissue. Also, digital images are helpful for women with implants and for imaging patients with known abnormalities.
- Your physician can send your digital images anywhere that can receive them electronically to be viewed.
Computer Aided Detection (CAD) systems use a digitized mammographic image that can be obtained from either a conventional film mammogram or a digitally acquired mammogram. The computer software then searches for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification that may indicate the presence of cancer. The CAD system highlights these areas on the images, alerting the radiologist to the need for further analysis.
For over 90 years, Three Rivers Health has offered its patients and community technology-driven care, including a wide array of inpatient, rehabilitation, outpatient, wellness, hospice care and specialty clinic services. Three Rivers Health is proud to bring these new systems to our communities and to provide faster and more accurate results to our patients.
To schedule your digital mammogram, please call 269-273-9638.