|
|
The Suburbanite
  • Aultman West introduces digital mammography

  • Aultman West recently added digital mammography to its comprehensive list of diagnostic imaging services. The electronic imaging technology provides incredibly sharp images allowing doctors to see potential issues much sooner than traditional X-ray mammography.

    • email print
  • Aultman West recently added digital mammography to its comprehensive list of diagnostic imaging services. The electronic imaging technology provides incredibly sharp images allowing doctors to see potential issues much sooner than traditional X-ray mammography.
    Although both forms of mammography are effective, digital mammography does have some added benefits for patients.
    “Digital mammography detects more cancers in certain groups,” said Dr. Thomas Poulton, director of Aultman’s Breast Care Center and radiologist at Aultman Hospital. “These include women with dense breast tissue, women under the age of 50 and pre-menopausal and peri-menopausal women.”
    From the patient’s point of view, the mammogram will feel the same and take less time, according to Poulton, because repositioning of the breasts for additional imaging is not typically necessary, therefore reducing exposure to more radiation.
    Additionally, digital mammography uses about 25 percent less radiation than standard mammography.
    The digital images are then immediately available for the radiologist to review and make a diagnosis. For the radiologist, digital mammograms provide comprehensive visibility for review on a high-resolution computer monitor and allow manipulation of brightness and contrast, black and white value inverting and magnification on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses and other changes that may be signs of early cancer.
    Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s survival.
    If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent.
    Aultman West is located at 2021 Wales Ave. N.W. in Massillon. Digital mammography appointments are available from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  A doctor’s order is required to receive service at the center.
    To make an appointment, please call centralized scheduling at 330-438-6288 or 800-837-0440 and request Aultman West.