A mammogram is simply an X-ray of the breast. The mammography procedure is fast: typically only five to 10 minutes. Because it uses an extremely small amount of radiation, the procedure is safe. And it delivers results quickly.
An American Cancer Society study showed that mammography screening reduced breast cancer deaths by 63%. The sooner you get a mammogram, the more we can help you live a full and active life.
Community Hospital Anderson is equipped with the latest generation of digital mammography technology, the FCRm (Fuji Computed Radiography), providing images with extremely high resolution and excellent quality. Such high-quality imaging allows for greater accuracy and reliability in some patients than was possible with the conventional "film-screen" mammography.
Digital mammography allows a technologist and patient to immediately see if the image is good or if a retake is needed. With the click of a mouse, we can enlarge and enhance the digital image, adjust the contrast, or zoom in on specific regions of interest. This new clarity also reduces the need for callbacks. Digital images are easily maintained and accessed via our Web-based image storage system.
We want our patients to have every possible advantage in early detection. We've, therefore, made a major investment in this advanced technology.
Feel confident that your radiologist is doing the right thing. This includes using advanced mammography and CAD technology for accurate diagnosis and earlier detection of hard-to-find cancers.
Some cancers may not be initially seen on a mammogram. As in all aspects of life, oversights do happen, and that's where technology like CAD helps. Computer-aided detection is like a "second set of eyes" that direct the radiologist to take a closer look at specific areas of interest in the mammogram. The software marks potential masses with ovals and microcalcifications with rectangles. The radiologist can then decide if these areas are significant or warrant further consideration. Using CAD doesn't add additional time to the exam.
Mammography is the best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage and may find tumors that are too small to feel during an exam. The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older have a mammogram every year and continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
Clearly, early detection is everything. Call our Women's Center at 765-298-5386.