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PHH's digital mammography more accurate

Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Expanded health and wellness services will be available to women with the addition of a new digital mammography system in October at Parkview Huntington Hospital. Digital mammography will allow the hospital to provide patients with the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

Digital mammography allows the radiologist to view the x-ray image more closely, zeroing in on suspicious or concerning areas, enabling the radiologist to make immediate decisions about additional images. Digital mammography takes less than half the time of traditional film-based exams, and the radiologist may review the images while the patient is in the examination room.

In conjunction with the digital mammography unit, the hospital will also provide a “second read” of the mammogram by a computer. This assists the radiologist in making an accurate diagnosis, like spell check in word processing.

The hospital will also provide a comprehensive scope of services that address the physical, emotional and educational needs of its clients. Services include screening programs, diagnosis, intervention, treatment and management of many different diseases of the breast, and educational and support resources.

“Each and every patient at Parkview Huntington Hospital receives personalized care designed to meet her individual needs,” said Diagnostic Imaging Manager Gary Randle. “Our staff is highly trained and our equipment is state-of-the art. We are committed to providing exceptional care to our community.”

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics show 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 percent.