Digital mammography service comes to Soldiers & Sailors

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Mary Ann Walton, left, Radiology supervisor at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, and Tammy Allen, radiologic technologist, are shown with the recently installed digital mammography system at Soldiers & Sailors.

Through the support of many community members, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital now offers the latest mammogram imaging to the Yates County community.

The Selenia full-field digital mammography system, by Hologic, went online earlier this month. It provides exceptional image quality and improves the efficiency of exams. The digital system replaces an older, film mammography unit.

Each year, over 40,000 women in the U.S. die of breast cancer from the 190,000 diagnosed. Digital mammography, the latest state-of-the-art tool for breast imaging, is improving those odds significantly. It vastly improves the visibility of breast tissue, allowing the radiologist to zoom in and magnify any image. In addition, digital mammography detects cancer earlier, and shortens exam times with no film to process. It is more convenient and comfortable.

Experts agree that image quality of the mammogram is the key to early detection. The Selenia system at Soldiers & Sailors incorporates a technology that delivers higher contrast images by significantly reducing radiation scatter without increasing dose. Additionally, the work station provides staff enhanced images and intuitive screens to allow more time to focus on the patient.

The digital mammography service was made possible at Soldiers & Sailors through the contributions of community members to the Finger Lakes Health Foundation’s 2010 campaign.

“The addition of the digital mammography system at Soldiers & Sailors brings all Finger Lakes Health’s Diagnostic Imaging services to a full complement of digital technology,” notes Jeffrey Fultz, director of Diagnostic Imaging for Finger Lakes Health. “The system also gives Yates County residents the latest breast imaging available without traveling out of the area.”