The comprehensive diagnostic services of the ETMC Breast Center have been extended to Jacksonville, with the addition of all-new digital mammography technology at ETMC Jacksonville.
The Selenia™ digital mammography system from Hologic® incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides exceedingly sharp images in less time than traditional mammography methods. This technology, now available at ETMC Jacksonville, is the same technology used at the ETMC Breast Center in Tyler and on the ETMC Mobile Mammography Unit.
“Digital mammography is quickly becoming the standard in breast imaging,” said Daniel Bennett, MD, ETMC Jacksonville radiologist. “Mammography is the best tool for early detection of breast abnormalities, giving patients a much better chance of survival and leading a long, productive life.”
In addition to the new technology now available, women will also appreciate the newly-updated waiting and changing areas at the ETMC Breast Center in Jacksonville. New furnishings, flooring and wall-coverings have been added, and a private dressing area dedicated for mammography patients has been created.
“It was important to us to create a new, updated environment to match our new technology,” said Jack Endres, ETMC Jacksonville administrator. “Women can be reassured in knowing their mammogram is performed with highly advanced technology, coupled with a private, attractive environment.”
For patients, receiving a digital mammogram will be much the same as before -- both use X-rays to generate images of the breast. However, instead of using film to capture and record the image, a digital mammogram uses a special detector to capture and convert the X-ray energy into a digital image. It’s similar to the evolution between film-based photography and digital photography, in that film development is no longer necessary and the digital images are immediately available to the radiologist for evaluation.
The radiologist can view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors to enhance their clarity, reducing the likelihood of patients having to come back for additional images. They can also 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.
Dr. Bennett will work in association with Michael Klouda, MD, fellowship-trained breast radiologist at the ETMC Breast Center in Tyler. Dr. Klouda conducts weekly breast tumor conferences where specialists in all areas of cancer treatment meet to review each case, including those diagnosed at ETMC Jacksonville. These conferences act as second and third opinions for patients, saving valuable time in the treatment process.
The new technology represents a nearly $300,000 investment in women’s healthcare at ETMC Jacksonville. The new digital mammography equipment was made possible in part due to a $130,000 gift from the ETMC Foundation, representing charitable support from donors who participate in ETMC's mission of care.
Call ETMC Healthfirst at 1-800-648-8141 and press “3” for more information or to schedule a mammogram.
The ETMC Breast Center recommends that women have a baseline mammogram at age 35, and annual mammograms beginning at age 40. The cost of an annual mammogram is covered by Medicare and by most health insurance plans.