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Published on January 05, 2011

Digital Mammography Comes to Nazareth

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA: This year in America, more than 184,450 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, Nazareth Hospital advanced the fight against this pervasive disease by installing a new leading-edge digital mammography system for its patients.

This system, a GE Healthcare Senographe Digital Mammography system, provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film. Whats more, the system provides the largest field of view currently available, which can be extremely helpful for precision imaging of patients with diverse shapes and sizes.

"This is new and powerful technology for the detection and fight against breast cancer," says Donald S. Ostrum, MD, Chairman of Medical Imaging at Nazareth Hospital. "Digital systems such as the new Senographe Essential allow us to offer our patients state-of-the-art mammograms that are fast and easy. And it gives our referring physicians accurate images to use in diagnosis."

Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

"This new digital technology will provide both accuracy and increased ease of use for our patients," says Eileen Goodwin, Nazareth's Director of Medical Imaging. "Providing outstanding diagnostic equipment for patients is a vital step to good preventive health, and one we take very seriously."

There are many advantages to a digital system. The images are clear and easy to read, and it offers an excellent view of the breast, especially near the skin line, chest wall and in women with diverse breast tissue types.

The digital image is ready to read within 10 seconds, there is no longer a wait for films to be developed to be sure the images are usable. Digital mammograms take as little as half the time of film. And if a second opinion is needed, the image can be sent electronically to a consulting physician virtually instantaneously.

For easy access to appointments, women can call 215.335.6400.

Christy A. McCabe

Director, Marketing Communications
215.962.9893
cmccabe@mercyhealth.org
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nazareth Hospital
2601 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
215.335.6000

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