Published on December 19, 2011

MultiCare installs advanced digital mammography technology

MADISONVILLE, KY (December 19, 2011) – MultiCare has installed a high-tech system for breast cancer screening: Selenia™ digital mammography from Hologic™.

“Selenia is state of the art,” said Dr. Brooks Horsley, a board certified radiologist at MultiCare. “This equipment is the best currently available.”

Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is acquired and, more importantly, viewed.  The radiologist can magnify images, increase or decrease contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images, allowing the radiologist to evaluate and focus on areas of concern.

“Selenia will detect smaller calcifications and small peripheral cancers,” he said. “It’s more sensitive and is better in helping us find cancers that could be missed in women with dense breasts.”   

Published studies have shown that digital mammography is better than film mammography for women with dense breasts as most cancers missed by mammography occur in women with dense breasts.

The Selenia system also provides additional conveniences for women, as well as for radiologists interpreting images, said Horsley.

“Selenia allows us to make fewer exposures in many patients,” he said. “We also added dedicated mammography workstations with computer-aided detection to assist the radiologist in reading the mammogram.

“The system flags extremely small calcifications,” he said. “It’s like having two pair of eyes.”

By offering women the latest technology in digital mammography, MultiCare hopes to increase the number of area women who follow recommendations for regular screenings.

The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.

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