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High Point Regional Health System Introduces Digital Mammography

10/6/2008

Time is precious. Just ask a cancer patient. High Point Regional Health System understands the importance of time and now offers patients the latest diagnostic technology available, digital mammography.

“Breast cancer occurs in nearly one in eight women in the U.S.,” said Dr. Raymond Rubner, High Point Radiological Services. “The stage at which breast cancer is detected significantly influences a woman’s survival rate, which is why High Point Regional is excited to offer the newest technology for breast cancer detection.”

High Point Regional is the first completely full field digital mammography facility in High Point to offer both diagnostic and screening mammography services.

From the patient’s point of view, a digital mammogram is like traditional film screen mammography. Both use x-ray to generate images of the breast. However, instead of using film to capture and record the image, a digital mammogram uses a special detector to capture and convert x-ray energy into a digital image. The resulting digital images are immediately available to the radiologist for diagnosis.

Digital mammography offers several benefits over standard film mammography. These benefits include: improved contrast between dense and non-dense breast tissue, images can be viewed instantly by the technologist and radiologist, shorter exam time since there is no need to wait for films to be developed, easier image storage, physician manipulation can be performed on breast images, ability to correct under or over-exposure of films without having to repeat mammograms and finally, images can be transferred electronically over phone lines or a network program.

The equipment was fully funded by proceeds from the Endowment Fund. To learn more about digital mammography, contact the Women’s Imaging Suite at 336-878-6201.

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