The Imaging Center now offers digital mammography -- the most technologically-sophisticated breast exam available anywhere.
"This new equipment allows us to offer state of the art imaging in mammography," says Hartford Hospital Radiologist Jennifer C. Logan, MD.
"Studies have shown that digital mammography can improve detection of breast cancer in some women."
Digital mammography differs from film mammography in much the same way digital cameras differ from film cameras. In digital systems, the film is replaced by detectors that convert x-rays into electrical impulses. These signals create images that can be viewed on computer screens or printed like traditional x-rays. The patient experience, however, is the same.
In conjunction with digital mammography, computer-aided detection (CAD) provides a "second read" of the mammogram by a computer. The combination of CAD and specially-trained radiologists provides the best environment for an accurate diagnosis. In addition to mammography, other breast imaging services are available including breast ultrasound, breast MRI, fine needle and breast wire localizations, stereotactic biopsy, galactography and lymphoscintography. All diagnostic images and reports are stored electronically in one location, and hard copies can be produced immediately if needed.
This digital technology allows for more computerized analysis of a breast exam than was possible with film mammography. A study involving 42,760 women nationwide
found that digital mammograms were more accurate for more than half the women who get breast-cancer screenings. Younger women with dense breast tissue -- which makes it harder to detect tumors -- particularly benefited from use of the new technology, the study found (HealthDay)
. Digital mammography also provides better imaging for women with breast implants.
Other breast imaging services are available including breast ultrasound, breast MRI,
fine needle and breast wire localizations, stereotactic biopsy, galactography and lymphoscintography. All diagnostic images and reports are stored electronically in one location and hard copies can be produced immediately, if needed.