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Digital Mammography at St. Anthony

Wednesday, 15 July 2009
The mission at St. Anthony Regional Hospital has always been to provide the best care available to patients. As part of that mission, a new state-of-the-art full-field digital mammography system has been installed in the Radiology Department.

Digital mammography is one of the most recent advances in mammography technology. It is redefining the way women’s healthcare is delivered and provides another new option in breast health.

The examination procedure for digital mammography is exactly the same as for film-screen mammography. However, instead of exposing and using additional time to process film, the x-rays are directed and captured electronically. Digitally acquired images can then be ready for review by a radiologist, on a computer screen, within seconds.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Early detection is the key to recent increase in the survival rate. St. Anthony’s digital mammogram produces images with exceptional quality and superb resolution. Because the images are digitally acquired and stored, they can be electronically enhanced to provide even better, more accurate diagnoses. Early detection of breast cancer using mammography screenings has been shown to significantly increase the detection of cancer in its earliest stages, often years before it can be felt.

Nancy Malloy, Radiology Director, has many positive things to say about the new mammography equipment, in addition to its increased diagnostic capabilities. “The full-field digital mammography equipment is designed to improve the quality of the image as well as patient comfort” said Malloy. “St. Anthony stresses the importance of having regular mammograms to promote the early detection of breast cancer.”

Women should have at least one mammogram between the ages of 35 to 40. Women over 40 should have a mammogram every year. “A mammogram could save your life, so talk to your doctor or call to schedule your mammogram at St. Anthony,” said Malloy. For more information about digital mammography, or to schedule a mammogram, call the Radiology Department, at 712-794-5202.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
311 S. Clark
Carroll, IA 51401