ACR Accredited Digital Mammography
Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor and can be transmitted and stored like any computer file.
For patients, having a digital mammogram is very much like having a conventional screen-film mammogram. Both film-based and digital mammography use compression and x-rays to create clear images of the inside of the breast. But digital mammography offers us at Fannin Regional Hospital a few benefits that traditional mammography does not, including the ability to manipulate images (zoom, adjust the contrast) and potentially reduce radiation exposure, as being able to adjust the image’s brightness and contrast reduces the need for retakes due to over or under exposure.
More than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer are discovered in the U.S. each year. At Fannin Regional Hospital, we know the value of early detection and mammography is a tool we use to identify potential issues. An x-ray of the breast, mammography is used to look for breast disease in both women and men. It is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that is generally not painful. At Fannin Regional Hospital, we’re dedicated to providing you with the most proactive care possible. If you have questions about your test or the results, your doctor or nurse can answer all of your questions.
According to the American Cancer Society, if you’re 40 or older you should get a mammogram every year. That means if you were born in 1982 or earlier, you should schedule your mammogram today! There is a lot of information out there about breast self-exams, mammograms and more. But one thing is certain: early detection of breast cancer remains key to survival. Talk to your healthcare provider about risk factors, including age, family history and genetics. Even obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise can increase the risks.
Fannin Regional Hospital uses mammopads providing warmer, softer and more comfortable exam.
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