Digital Mammography

The American Cancer Society recommends women have their first mammogram at age 40 and earlier if there is a family history of breast cancer. Our radiology department offers “soft touch” mammography pads with low-dose radiation to detect the tiniest of tumors. All of our mammography techs are FDA approved in mammography and all studies are read by radiologists board certified in mammography. We perform breast ultrasounds when requested by your physician. The department is inspected by the Food and Drug Administration and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Mammograms are done Monday through Friday and you don’t need a physician’s referral. Simply call 712-464-4207 to make your appointment.

 

 

Benefits of Digital Mammography

 
The benefits of digital mammography are many according to Mary Reiter, Director of Radiology. “One of the benefits is the significant decrease in the amount of time it will take to get their mammogram test results. With a digital mammography system, images of the breast can be stored on our Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) and sent to Des Moines electronically. The PACS system stores digital images that can be viewed instantly, much like storing your digital camera images on your home computer. With the digital system, mammograms can be viewed by a Board Certified Mammography Radiologist in Des Moines within hours instead of a week or ten days later because we no longer have to mail hard copies of the images”, stated Reiter.

Another benefit of digital mammography is the quality of the image taken and the ability to enhance the image. “With a digital picture, magnification, orientation, brightness, and contrast of the image may be altered after the exam is completed to help the radiologist more clearly see certain areas. In other words, the image can be enlarged and a physician can “zoom-in” on the exact spot in question on the breast. With this technology available, the chance of catching breast cancer early is much greater,” says Reiter. Digital images also help show clearly defined margins of a lesion in the breast so you can see the difference between a benign (no cancer) and malignant (cancerous) lesion.