The Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) Hospital switched from using film screen mammography to digital mammography about a month ago and staff members say the newer technology has improved patient care.
“We’re very excited to offer digital mammography at Whitesburg ARH,” said radiologist Dr. Robert Buck. “It’s a long time coming.”
Attributes of the new digital mammography equipment include better visibility at the skin line and greater image flexibility. Patients have less anxiety and not as many patients are called back to repeat the mammography because of the clearer images. This in turn reduces radiation exposure.
“Film screen was limited because of dense tissue in some patients,” said Buck.
Buck said results are more accurate with the digital mammography equipment. The computer flags lumps and microcalcifications.
“That’s an improvement of care for breast cancer,” said Buck.
Buck said results come in faster and exam times are shorter.
Alice Lucas, director of radiology, said one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and the digital mammography equipment is a tool to assist with early detection.
Buck said women should learn how to correctly do breast self-exams, which compliment mammography.