The Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Imaging Center now features digital mammography as one of the diagnostic services offered to patients. This will provide the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer in a setting dedicated specifically to the needs of outpatients.A National Cancer Institute study shows that digital mammography may have advantages over film. For instance, digital mammography was shown to provide better images for women under the age of 50 and women with dense breasts. Digital mammography also uses less radiation than standard film mammograms. “Digital mammography allows us to view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualizations of the structures within the breast tissue,” said radiologist Ronnie Warner, M.D. “We can zoom in to specific areas and adjust various settings to assist us in detecting signs of early cancer.”Mammography plays a significant role in the early detection of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 225,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Yet thanks to early detection and treatment, 99 percent of those diagnosed with a localized breast cancer that has not spread reach the five-year survival rate.In addition to digital mammography, the Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Imaging Center also provides magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, digital X-Ray, and CT scan.For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 820-7575.
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