The Selenia™ digital mammography unit at Mesa View Regional Hospital provides the latest in “high tech, soft touch” mammography, according to Robert Fuller, business development coordinator for the hospital.
“Mesa View Regional Hospital is a certified Pink Ribbon Facility, a distinction awarded only to an elite group of healthcare facilities,” Fuller said. By offering women digital mammograms, the facility hopes to increase the number of area women who follow recommendations for regular screenings to catch breast cancer early.
Selenia™ digital mammography combines “full-field digital mammography with a new breast cushion that dramatically eases the discomfort many women feel when they get a mammogram. This revolutionary imaging technology provides incredibly sharp breast images,” Fuller said in a release.
The images appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds, there is no waiting for film to develop, which means less time in the breast imaging suite for patients.
The MammoPad® creates “a softer, warmer mammogram and has been clinically demonstrated to reduce discomfort for most women. MammoPad and Selenia digital mammography together provide a more positive experience for women,” Fuller added.
Selenia digital mammography offers a number of other practical advantages and patient conveniences. There is no waiting for film to be developed which significantly reduces the need for repeat exams due to under or over exposure. Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically eliminating the dependency on one set of original films which can be misfiled or lost in transit.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women exceeded only by lung cancer.
“Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent.” Fuller explained.
Fuller noted, “Mesa View Regional Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering digital mammography, Mesa View provides the latest in imaging quality. If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact the Radiology Department and Kathie Baker, licensed in mammography, 702-345-4265.”