“We are very excited to now offer digital mammography at Antelope Memorial Hospital,” said Rhonda Novak, BSRT(R), AMH radiology director.
“It allows us to better serve our patients in detecting the early stages of breast cancer ? with greater accuracy and less radiation.
A digital mammogram uses new detection technologies and computers instead of film, added Ms. Novak. In a landmark clinical study of more than 42,000 women, digital was found to be better than film-screen mammography for detecting breast cancer in three groups:
• women under age 50
• pre-and peri-menopausal women
• women with dense breasts.
Digital mammograms are 15 percent more accurate among women under age 50 or not yet in menopause and 11 percent more accurate among women with dense breasts.
From the patient’s perspective, the procedure is the same for a digital versus a conventional film mammogram.
However, digital provides almost immediate images versus waiting for film development; therefore, the patient’s wait time is less.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer in women between the ages of 15 and 54.
It is the second most common cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 55 and 74.
“Screening mammography is still recognized as the most effective tool available for the early detection of breast cancer,” said Ms. Novak.
“For women age 40 or older, a mammogram is recommended every one to two years. Digital mammography allows us to provide the top level of care for our patients in detecting and treating breast cancer.”
All mammogram images taken at Antelope Memorial Hospital are read by Dr. Robert Faulk, radiologist from Omaha, added Ms. Novak. Dr. Faulk, is the Medical Director of Medical Imaging Consultants, a free standing locally owned facility specializing in women’s health.
Dr. Faulk is Nebraska’s only fellowship trained radiologist specializing in breast imaging.
“We are excited to provide our patients the most advanced technology available for the early detection of breast cancer,” said Jack Green, AMH Administrator.
“It’s a great service we’re proud to offer here at Antelope Memorial Hospital ? close-to-home.”