Highland Community Hospital adds powerful new tool in fight for early detection of breast cancer

Published 2:13 am Sunday, January 2, 2011

Today, Highland Community Hospital has advanced the fight against breast cancer by installing a new cutting edge digital mammography system for its patients.

This system provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film. “Our new digital mammography equipment brings Highland to the forefront of breast imaging. The state of the art technology allows for faster imaging and increased sensitivity in detecting breast disease,” says Dr. Les Summersgill, Radiologist at Highland Community Hospital.

The digital image is ready to read within 10 seconds – there is no longer a wait for films to be developed to be sure the images are usable. Digital mammograms take as little as half the time of film, and, if a second opinion is needed, the image can be sent electronically to a consulting physician almost instantly.

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Physicians have the ability to pull up a patient’s previous mammography exams for comparison or for comparison against other types of images resulting in a more complete view of a specific patient’s medical history.

Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

“Providing outstanding diagnostic equipment for patients is an important step to good preventive health, and one we take very seriously,” says James Turnage, Jr., Director of Radiology/Cardiology at Highland.

Highland’s Mammography Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) which is the country’s oldest and largest accrediting body for mammography. The Mammography Technicians at Highland Community Hospital have 35 years of Mammography experience. To schedule your screening or diagnostic Mammogram please call 601-798-3517 and let Highland Community Hospital show you how much We C.A.R.E.