McPherson Hospital announces the recent addition of a permanent, state-of-the-art digital mammography machine. Thanks to a donation from an anonymous donor, patients are now being screened using this advanced technology.
Director of Radiology Donna Hoefer said the technology provides better imaging capabilities.
“Digital mammography provides us with clearer images in a shorter time frame because the imaging goes directly to the computer,” she said. “We no longer use films so the procedure is faster. It is also easier for images to be stored, retrieved and even shared across a secure network should patients have that need.”
Clearer images provide better views for radiologists.
“Because the imaging is computer based, the digital technology with high resolution monitors allows radiologists to zoom in on specific areas of concern, allowing them to detect small abnormalities, even in patients with dense breast tissue,” Hoefer said.
McPherson Hospital president and CEO Rob Monical said, “We are extremely grateful to our donor who realizes the significance of advanced technologies in health care. This new digital mammography unit allows us to provide faster and improved services to our patients.”
The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women older than age 40.
McPherson Hospital encourages women to consult their physicians to schedule these important procedures.