Windham Hospital Offers Digital Mammography
WILLIMANTIC, CT—November 21, 2008 – Windham Hospital has expanded the health and wellness services available to women with the addition of a new Selenia™ digital mammography system from Hologic®. This week, all mammography equipment was replaced with the new, digital equipment, which incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp images.
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 a digital image. The resulting digital images are immediately available to the radiologist for diagnosis.
The radiologist can view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the breast tissue. They 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.
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 screening center, as well as reduce the need for repeat exams. Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically, eliminating the dependency on one set of original films.
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%.
Windham 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 contact the Windham Mammography Center at 456-7237 or visit our web site at www.windhamhospital.org.