Evangelical's Annual Mammothon
Join us at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, where volunteers invite women to schedule their mammograms. Help us reach our goal and save lives with the power of early detection.
Mammography is currently the most accurate single method of detecting cancer of the breast in its very early stages, when it is most curable. At the Thyra M. Humphreys Center we use digital mammography but can also interpret film images from other centers.
Advantages of Digital
Digital mammography offers several distinct advantages:
Digital mammography greatly improves the sharpness of the images. It gives better visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line, chest wall, and in women with dense breast tissue. This allows the radiologist to better view and manipulate the image by zooming in or out and making the images lighter or darker, thus making it easier to find abnormalities in their earliest stages.
The largest clinical study to date on the benefits of digital mammography, the Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST), proved that digital mammography is shown to detect a significantly greater number of breast cancers in women younger than 50, women with dense breasts, and women who are pre- or peri-menopausal.
Less Time, Less Additional Imaging
Digital mammography gives the radiologist better tools to view a patient's images, which may decrease the need for additional imaging.
Because there is no waiting for film to be developed, it can significantly reduce the time patients spend in the Breast Center.
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.
The exam involves the same positioning and compression of the breast as conventional mammography, as compression is important to help see breast tissue more clearly and to minimize the radiation dose close to the breast.
Computer-Aided Detection with the R2 ImageChecker
The R2 ImageChecker M1000 Computer Assisted Detection System is sometimes called a "second radiologist" because it gives a second, computer-assisted opinion to every mammogram that our radiologists read.
How is digital mammography different from film mammography?
Both digital and film mammography use X-rays to produce an image of the breast.
In film mammography, which has been used for over 35 years, the image is created directly on a film. While standard film mammography is very good, it is less sensitive for women who have dense breasts. Prior studies have suggested that approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of breast cancers that were detected by breast self-examination or physical examination are not visible on film mammography.
Here, we take an electronic image of the breast and store it directly in a computer. Digital mammography uses less radiation than film mammography. Radiologists also can use software to help interpret digital mammograms. All of our radiologists (i.e. doctors who study images of the body) are specially trained and accredited to read mammograms. Our technologists are also certified in mammography.
When To Get Screened
The American Cancer Society recommends the following mammography screening guidelines:
- Ages 30 to 35 – annual mammograms for women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer
- Ages 35 to 40 – baseline mammography
- Ages 40 and over – annual mammogram, continuing as long as the woman is in good health
The Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health offers comprehensive breast care provided by a dedicated team of specialists. The team includes:
- Providers who have a special interest in breast health, including a dedicated breast surgeon
- Certified mammographers
- A MammaCare nurse specialist
Our team is devoted to providing prompt, private, personal and compassionate care in an atmosphere that has been designed with women in mind.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please visit the following pages to discover the answers to the most common mammogram questions:
For more information, contact the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health at (570) 522-4200. Evening and Saturday appointments are available.