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Grant Regional Health Center (GRHC) now offers the latest diagnostic technology available in digital mammography with the introduction of our new Selenia Dimensions™ digital mammography machine from Hologic® for breast cancer detection.
Digital mammography is the latest advancement in breast imaging. It uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor and transmitted and stored just like computer files.
Digital mammography provides high quality breast images and special tools that allow the radiologist to see more detail than ever before. This advanced imaging technology helps clinicians detect breast cancer at the earliest stage possible.
"Our investment in digital mammography supports our commitment to improving the health our region," says Nicole Clapp, GRHC President/CEO. "We also offer the added technology of the PACS digital image archiving system, which is networked to accurately store and retrieve digital images. This system allows radiologists and providers at multiple locations to view and interpret images simultaneously."
Grant Regional Health Center is proud of the sizeable investment of $450,000 to improve technology. Donations totaling over $30,000 in support of this service enhancement and the fight against breast cancer were also given to GRHC Foundation’s annual campaign this past year.
In November 2011, the GRHC Radiology Department completed its annual inspection meeting the quality standards of Mammography Quality Standards Act with a "no findings" rating, the highest rating possible. This routine inspection certifies that the GRHC Radiology Department understands the current regulations and has successfully passed the required quality control tests. GRHC is also accredited by the FDA every 3 years. In order to retain accreditation, GRHC must send images and staff continued experience information to the FDA to ensure quality imaging.
"Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences survival chances" said Kim Moore, GRHC Radiology Director. "If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent."
With new digital technology, images appear on the technologist’s monitor in seconds, Moore said, which means less time in the breast imaging room for the patient.
Because there is no waiting for film to be developed, it significantly reduces the need for repeat exams due to under or over exposure, said Moore. With digital mammography, radiologists review electronic images of the breast and can adjust the brightness, change the contrast and zoom in for close ups of specific areas of interest, Moore said. "Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology along with reduced radiation exposure."
Women should have their first mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40, Moore said. Annual mammograms are recommended for women over 40. More than 70 percent of breast cancer occurs in woman who have no identifiable risk factors, said Moore. "Risk is higher as you get older and having a first-degree relative with breast cancer approximately doubles a woman’s risk."
In addition to offering superior mammography technology, Grant Regional Health Center offers a warmer, softer mammogram by using the MammoPad breast cushion for every patient. MammoPad has been clinically demonstrated to reduce discomfort, associated with mammograms, for most women. Testing is more comfortable and provides more even compression. This breast cushion is "invisible" to X-rays and does not interfere with the image quality of the mammogram.
Grant Regional Health Center is certified as a Softer Mammogram Provider®, a distinction awarded only to an elite group of healthcare facilities that offers MammoPad® as standard of care. We provide every woman with a digital mammogram that includes the MammoPad breast cushion.
For more information or to schedule a softer mammogram, please Grant Regional Health Center at 608.723.2143.