BCH Launches Digital Mammography

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BCH Launches Digital Mammography

Friday, May 1, 2015

The American Cancer Society estimates that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The disease, which remains the most common cancer among women besides skin cancer, is also the second-leading cause of cancer death.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer seen each year at Archbold Memorial Hospital’s Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center.

However, recent statistics show fewer U.S. women are dying from breast cancer each year, and experts say the improvement is likely due to advances in treatment and screening methods.

Archbold’s Brooks County Hospital recently added digital mammography to the hospital’s list of services offered in Brooks County.

“Digital mammography is considered the gold standard of care in imaging for detecting breast cancer early, when its best to treat,” said Robyn Jimenez, physician assistant at Brooks Medical Associates.

The technology uses compression and x-rays to image breast tissue, but instead of capturing it on film, it is captured on a digital image file which is stored directly onto a computer.

“Digital images reviewed on a computer allow the radiologist to lighten and enlarge the images if needed,” said Brooks Medical Associates primary care physician Michael Sopt, MD. “Also, because the images are stored on a computer, they’re able to send the images to other radiologists and specialists for further review more quickly than if using conventional mammography films.”

Dr. Sopt said, “This technology is more accurate than film at detecting cancer in women younger than 50 and in women who have dense breast tissue.  It also has the capability to help reduce the need for return visits for additional images. If an image is unclear, a new image can be taken right away during the same appointment instead of having to call the patient to come back into the office for another mammogram.”

In addition to the installation of the new digital mammography technology, the hospital also recently renovated the mammography suite to provide patients with a comfortable atmosphere.

“We understand how important it is to our patients to have access to high quality technology locally,” said Ken Rhudy, administrator at Brooks County Hospital. “We are very excited to add this breast cancer screening technology to our list of high quality outpatient services offered locally in Brooks County.”

National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 10, and is celebrated until May 16, 2015. The week serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health, one of which is to get a mammogram. During the entire month of May, Brooks County Hospital will be giving away a free pink tote bag to women who schedule a mammogram. A physician’s order is required to get a mammogram. For more information or to schedule a mammogram appointment at Brooks County Hospital, call 229.263.6314.