The Board of Directors at Cherokee Regional Medical Center recently approved the purchase of a state- of--the-art full field digital mammography unit. Women who undergo mammograms at CRMC will receive the latest diagnostic technology available. The new unit, a Hologic™ Selenia™ digital mammography system, will replace of the current in-house mammography machine later this summer.
"We are pleased to announce the purchase of a digital mammography system as we are very excited to offer the newest technology for breast cancer detection," said Jeanna Bergendahl, Radiology Manager. "This new unit will give patients the benefits of increased comfort and lower exposure to x-rays as well as the potential to expedite the exam process."
Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is acquired and, more importantly, viewed. The radiologist can magnify the images, increase or decrease the contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images. These features allow the radiologist to evaluate tiny "spots," called microcalcifications, and focus on areas of concern.
In addition to offering superior mammography technology, CRMC will offer a softer, warmer mammogram by using the MammoPad™ breast cushion for every patient. MammoPad has been clinically demonstrated to reduce discomfort, associated with mammograms, for most women. This recyclable breast cushion is "invisible" to X-rays and does not interfere with the image quality of the mammogram.
By offering softer, state-of --the-art mammograms, CRMC hopes to increase the number of area women who follow recommendations for regular screenings. "Annual mammograms are still considered to be one of the best defenses against breast cancer. We feel that the convenience of providing this service locally at Cherokee Regional Medical Center will encourage more women to schedule annual screenings," said Bergendahl. "There will be no need for anyone to travel away from our facility to have a digital mammogram performed," added Bergendahl.
John Comstock, CEO of CRMC agreed, "We strive to continually raise the bar when it comes to the services offered by Cherokee Regional Medical Center. The community wants and deserves to receive the very best health care available. We are happy to meet those needs in the field of mammography with the purchase of this high tech diagnostic system."
The digital mammography system will be installed over the next few weeks and then the radiologic technologists will undergo training on the new equipment. Once up and running, all digital mammograms will be offered Monday- Friday from 8:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. All mammograms at CRMC will continue to be read by their board certified Radiologist, Dr. Powers. If you have any questions regarding digital mammography or if you would like to schedule an annual screening, please contact the Cherokee Regional Medical Center Radiology Department at (712) 225-1501.