Perry County Memorial Hospital's mammography department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and offers up-to-date technology through digital mammograms.
A digital mammogram differs from a film mammogram in that it uses a special detector to capture and convert x-ray energy into a digital image. The procedure and appearance of the machine and the images produced are very similar to a traditional film mammogram—the advantage comes from the ability to manipulate the image electronically.
Digital mammography offers a number of practical advantages and patient conveniences:
- Because there's no waiting for film to be developed, digital images are immediately available. This means patients spend less time in the exam room and rarely need to return for repeat images due to under- or overexposures.
- The digital machine is fast, so patients experience minimal discomfort.
- Brightness, darkness and contrast can be adjusted and sections of an image can be magnified after the mammogram is complete, making it easier to see subtle differences.
- Digital images are easily stored and retrieved.
- Digital technology provides a platform for new technologies, such as computer-aided dedection (CAD) software, dedicated to advancing the early detection of breast cancer.
PCMH uses a computer-aided detection (CAD) system with their digital mammograms. This software searches for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification that may indicate the presence of cancer. The CAD system highlights these areas on the images, which then alerts the radiologist that further analysis is needed.
While we know a mammogram may not be the most comfortable experience, we continue to use MammoPads during mammograms to ensure the most comfortable mammographic experience for our patients. MammoPads reduce discomfort during an exam by providing a soft foam pad to cushion the breast while also providing a warmer surface.
Preparing for a Mammogram
Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam. These items can appear as calcium spots on a mammogram.
Mammograms for the Uninsured
The East Missouri Action Agency (EMMA) has been awarded a grant to offer mammograms to the uninsured, funded through the Susan G. Komen Fund. PCMH has contracted to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds, if needed, free of charge. To take advantage of this program, contact the EMAA at 573-431-5191 or toll free at 800-392-8663. The EMAA will schedule the test with our scheduling department and will fax a voucher to the hospital. You be required to sign a release of information form because the results must be sent back to EMAA.
PCMH Radiology Department
For questions: 573-768-3295
To schedule an appointment: 573-547-4288
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