Digital Mammography at Stockdale
- Only digital units, no analog (film)
- Phillips MicroDose Mammography digital system delivers excellent image quality at low radiation dose.
- Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) used on every study to assist in identifying early breast cancer
- FDA estimates that CAD could increase early detection of breast cancer by as much as 23.4%
- Results interpreted by subspecialty-trained women's imaging radiologist
Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40.
Mammography is the only screening method that is consistently proven to reduce breast cancer deaths. In fact, it is the major reason breast cancer deaths have declined by 30% since 1990, when screening guidelines were enforced in the U.S. In addition, early detection through mammography gives women more treatment options with reduced surgery, better cosmetic outcomes, and often eliminates the need for harsh therapies. And since breast cancer found in women under age 50 is often more aggressive, it's imperative to schedule your mammogram every 12 months.
CAD (Computer-Aided Detection) is utilized on every study to assist in the early detection of breast cancer. CAD acts as a "second set of eyes" and helps to locate masses and calcifications. According to the FDA, CAD could increase breast cancer early detection rates by as much as 23.4 percent.
What is MicroDose Mammography?
MicroDose Mammography is a type of X-ray machine for low-dose mammography used in more than 24 countries worldwide. It uses a unique technique called photon counting, based on research at the CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. This provides excellent quality images at low dose and offers several benefits for a woman undergoing mammography. It was designed in close collaboration with both clinical staff and patients to provide high ergonomics.
Why does it make a difference?
A mammography examination with Philips MicroDose Mammography means a dose reduction of 18 to 50% compared to that used on other digital mammography systems, with an average dose reduction of 40%, while providing your doctor with outstanding quality images, So your doctor can make a confident diagnosis, and you can feel confident that you are getting a low radiation dose.
Low dose mammography can enhance the efficiency of screening programs by increasing the diagnostic confidence of clinicians and also by avoiding unnecessary radiation exposure.
Also MicroDose Mammography has a slightly curved surface where the breast is placed for the X‐ray. Because you will be leaning into the machine a little, this provides comfort since the surface fits the curvature of the upper body and ribs better, compared to other systems which have a completely straight surface.
Furthermore, the contact area with your breast is nicely warmed to body temperature. The benefit of this is not only that it provides comfort for you as a patient, but since you may be more relaxed, it will facilitate the staff in taking care of you to position you correctly and get a good quality image. This may help to avoid having to do extra images, which sometimes is the case when the breast is not positioned correctly the first time.
What's more, MicroDose not only provides comfort, it also makes exams easy for your doctor and the other staff working at your breast clinic. Examinations are quick and the system is easy to work with, benefiting both you and the radiographer.
This type of mammogram is for women who have no symptoms. A baseline, or starting point for comparison, is performed for women at age 40. Then it is recommended that mammograms be performed every 1 to 2 years after that. If there is a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, your doctor may recommend a screening mammogram at a younger age.
This type of mammogram is performed when some kind of unusual or abnormal condition has been detected. This could be a lump or unusual breast condition that you may have found during your own breast self-exam, following a routine screening mammogram, as a result of something your doctor detected during your breast examination or as a result of your own breast history. These types of mammograms generally take a little longer than screening mammograms, as they often include additional special angulation or compression views.