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Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington adds digital mammography

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Digital technology latest tool in detecting breast cancer

Digital mammography is the latest technology to help identify and detect breast cancer. Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington recently added digital mammography capability to its imaging services.

The new digital mammography unit creates clearer images than film-based systems. Because the images are produced within seconds, there is no waiting for films to be developed, shortening the time it takes to complete a mammogram. With digital mammography, physicians can zoom in for close ups of specific areas and adjust the brightness. Being able to manipulate images is another benefit of the digital technology.

"The benefits of digital mammography are incredible,'' said Sue Harris, administrative director, support services, Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington. "Clearer images and more accurate diagnosis are the main benefits of this technology. It also takes less time to generate digital images than conventional film mammography. Our patients asked for this technology and we're pleased to be able to offer it.''

Harris said digital mammography is especially beneficial for women under age 50, premenopausal and perimenopausal women, and women with dense breast tissue.

How does digital mammography differ from standard mammography?

In standard mammography, the images are recorded on film and viewed by the radiologist using a light box. The image is stored in a jacket in the hospital's archives.

With digital mammography, the breast image is captured by a special electronic x-ray detector that converts the image into a digital picture for review on a computer monitor. Digital mammograms are stored on a computer.

"The other important benefit of digital mammography is that the images can be transmitted over phone lines or a network so our physicians can consult with other physicians, if necessary,'' said Harris.

The digital mammography unit was purchased through the generous support of the auxiliary at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington, the hospital's foundation board, and proceeds from the annual Crystal Ball event.

To schedule an appointment for your annual mammogram at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington, please call 262-767-6440.
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Andy Johnson (262-767-6276)

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