Digital Mammography

HERS Digital Mammography

Women who undergo routine mammograms here have the latest diagnostic technology available to them — digital mammography.

Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is viewed and, more importantly, manipulated. The radiologist can view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue. They also can  adjust brightness and contrast, and zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses and other changes that may be signs of early cancer.

To supplement this technology, we've also incorporated digital computer-aided detection (CAD). Digital CAD highlights characteristics commonly associated with breast cancer. When activated, it flags abnormalities to help the radiologist detect early breast cancer. CAD is, in essence, a second set of eyes to support and enhance the radiologist's judgment.

Digital mammography feels identical to conventional screening from a patient's perspective, though women may notice shorter exam times and a reduction in call-backs to obtain additional images.

Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically, eliminating the dependency on one set of original films, which can be misfiled or lost in transit.

Most breast lumps are not cancerous; however, after skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it’s far more common in women.

Digital mammography is available in Barron, Bloomer, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, MenomonieOsseo and Rice Lake. A mobile digital mammography unit is available to patients in Mondovi.

Speak with your primary care provider about screening schedule appropriate for you.