March 28 2014
SITKA – The SouthEast Regional Health (SEARHC) has replaced their film mammography equipment with a new digital mammography machine at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. The Lorad Selenia from Hologic, was installed last week in the Radiology Department.
The benefits of digital mammography over the use of film include less radiation to patients, improved image quality, and faster exam times. While digital mammograms still use X-rays, the images are turned into electric signals that can then be stored in a computer much like a digital camera. SEARHC is pleased to bring this current technology to its clinics; Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau added digital mammography previously.
All women are at risk for breast cancer – it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death (after lung cancer) among Alaskan women. Early detection of breast cancer through regular screening increases the chances of long-term survival.
If it is time for your annual screening, please contact your provider to make an appointment.