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A Woman's Guide to Cancer Screenings

The Department of Radiology is proud to introduce its new state-of-the-art Digital Mammography System in the fight against breast cancer. Broward Health Imperial Point patients now have access to the latest full-field digital technology for screening and diagnostic mammograms. This new technology enables the Radiologist to detect and further characterize suspicious or obscure pathology more precisely from the enhanced visibility and high contrast images the new system provides.

When it's time for your annual mammogram, ask your physician to prescribe a digital mammogram at Broward Health Imperial Point. Digital mammography is your newest ally in the fight against breast cancer. Digital images appear in seconds on a computer screen, revealing an exciting new world of diagnostic possibilities.

  • Better visibility at the skin line
  • Greater image flexibility
  • Shorter exam times
  • Faster results
  • Fewer call backs
  • Less anxiety

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc, breast cancer incidence in women has increased from one in 20 in 1960 to one in eight today. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for this disease exceeds 95%.

Digital mammography

Similar to conventional film mammography, digital mammography utilizes the same breast positioning and compression. However, the new digital system allows for significantly less compression time during the mammogram, in addition to less waiting time between patients.

What are the benefits of digital mammography?

  • Up to 40% less radiation dose over standard film mammography
  • Results are seen more quickly
  • Fewer callbacks or retakes
  • More precise image quality for more accurate diagnosis

Give yourself the best technology when you schedule your annual mammogram!

Changing breast care forever

Request your digital mammogram for all the right reasons:

A digital mammography exam usually takes less than half the time of a traditional film-based exam, and there's less of a chance you'll be called back to retake your images.

Your physician will gain viewing options with the unique ability to enhance certain areas to get a more precise picture of your condition.

Your breast images can be zoomed in and out, and the contrast can be lightened or darkened. Also, through an inverting feature, black can reverse to white and white can change to black. This feature helps detect microcalcifications, which is like revealing a grain of salt in a ball of clay. All these image enhancements help aid in proper diagnosis.

Digital images give better visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line, chest wall and in women with dense breast tissue. Also, digital images are helpful for women with implants and for imaging patients with known abnormalities.

Digital images can be viewed on workstations anywhere in the world allowing physicians to compare current images to past images.

Breast MRI Screening

For high risk patients, breast MRI can detect minuscule breast cancers. Breast MRI is a breast-imaging technique that captures multiple cross-sectional pictures of the breast and combines them to create detailed, 2-D and 3-D pictures. It is performed when doctors need more information than what a mammogram, ultrasound or clinical breast exam can provide. It works regardless of breast size, density, patient age, presence of implants and/or prior surgery.

Other benefits include:

  • Detects 2-8% more cancers than physical exams or mammography
  • Almost 100% sensitive for breast cancers down to 3 mm
  • Allows for earlier diagnosis with more favorable tumor stage

Early detection is on your side

Every day we learn more about breast cancer and how to win the battle. One fact is very clear – the distinct advantage of early detection. Fortunately, breast cancer is highly detectable through digital mammography screening. If breast cancer is detected early, before it spreads, 98 percent of the women will be alive five years later. The earlier it’s discovered, the earlier it’s treated, the better your chance of survival.

Still have questions?
Find the answers to the most common questions about digital mammography here.

If you have a physician prescription for a mammogram, call Central Scheduling at 954-759-7500 for an appointment at Broward Health Imperial Point.

If you need a physician referral, please call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.

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