Why Digital Mammography Why Cogdell Memorial Hospital? Cogdell Memorial Hospital delivers the highest quality patient care available – Dedicated staff – Commitment to patient care and comfort – Comfortable, easily accessible facility – State-of-the-art technology, including digital mammography What is Digital Mammography? What is Digital Mammography? Digital mammography uses traditional X-ray generators and tubes to produce an X-ray beam. This X-ray beam is converted into digital information which can be stored electronically, transmitted, displayed, analyzed and manipulated in a number of ways. Digital Mammography X-ray source Acquisition computer Digital detector Softcopy display Why Digital Mammography? Improved Breast Cancer Detection – ACRIN DMIST Study Results • Study funded by National Cancer Institute • DMIST enrolled nearly 49,500 participants at 33 centers nationwide and in Canada – Study results show that digital mammography is more beneficial for women: • under age 50 (no matter what level of breast tissue density they had) • of any age with heterogeneously (very dense) or extremely dense breasts • pre- or peri-menopausal women of any age (defined as women who had a last menstrual period within 12 months of their mammograms) ACRIN – American College of Radiology Imaging Network DMIST – Digital Mammography Imaging Screening Trial Why Digital Mammography? Lower Patient Dose – Digital mammography delivers 30%-40% lower dose compared to screen-film and CR mammography Enhanced Patient Care – Elimination of need for technologists to leave exam room to process films provides uninterrupted patient contact – Needle localizations can be completed in an average of 12 minutes Elimination of Lost Films – Redundant storage of digital exams eliminates possibility of lost images Reduced Recalls – Due to clearer images and improved reviewing tools Softcopy Review Advantages Digital Images Are Reviewed on High Resolution Monitors, For Optimal Viewing Conditions Softcopy Review Allows the Radiologist To: – Zoom in and magnify areas of interest – Adjust contrast and brightness for better visualization of fine details – Display digital images from prior studies – Arrange images on screen for best comparison positioning – Use measuring tools – Make and store annotations Digital Magnification Why Cogdell Radiology? We chose the digital mammography system that delivers: – Best image quality in the industry – Optimal resolution and field of view – Lower patient dose with no compromise in image quality – Emphasis on patient comfort Image is Everything……….. especially in mammography Mammography requires images of the highest resolution and contrast for the detection of cancer at the earliest stages Our digital mammography system provides the latest technological advances available to ensure superb image quality – Direct capture digital detector completely eliminates the imagedegrading effects of light diffusion, for preservation of image sharpness – Exclusive High Transmission Cellular Grid reduces radiation scatter in two directions and enables 70% - 80% transmission of primary beam, compared to conventional grids that provide only 50% transmission Focus on Patient Comfort Tilting paddles automatically conforms to the natural contours of the breast, for more uniform and comfortable compression Slim tubehead and recessed face shield for easier positioning MammoPad® Breast Cushion……. for a softer, warmer mammogram Minimizes discomfort, one of the most often reported barriers to compliance Patient Satisfaction Softness reduces discomfort from compression Warms the compression surfaces for skin comfort Reduces discomfort by 50% in 3 out of 4 women* Grip like effect aids in patient positioning *Markle study. Comfort and compression. SBI 2001, The Breast Journal 2004. Encourage Someone You Love To Have Her Annual Mammogram.