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Digital Mammography plus CAD

Milford Regional is leading the way, in advanced diagnostics and early detection with the installation of the latest digital mammography units available, plus a state-of-the-art computer-aided detection system.This sophisticated screening tool assists radiologists by providing a computerized second review of mammograms. It is designed to identify and mark suspect regions for the radiologist to review after his/her usual interpretation of the mammogram. CAD alerts the radiologist to the possible need for further analysis by highlighting abnormal density, masses and calcifications on the image.

According to various studies, this “second set of eyes” initially increases detection anywhere from 7 – 20%. However, CAD is most widely heralded for its ability to detect tumors in their earlier stages. Clinical trials have determined that for every 100,000 cancers detected by mammography, use of CAD could result in early detection of an additional 20,500 breast cancers. And since early detection is key to a full recovery, CAD is invaluable as an additional screening tool.

Providing the very best image

Conventional film-screen mammograms involve two X-rays of each breast that are captured on a film cassette and developed for radiologists to interpret on a high intensity light box. The new, digital mammogram captures the X-ray beams and stores it directly into a computer that the radiologist reviews on a high resolution computer monitor.

Digital mammography allows the radiologist to adjust the brightness, change contrast, and zoom in for closer inspection of specific areas on the monitor screen. This ability to enhance, magnify and manipulate the image is an advantage over film mammogram. The ability to manipulate the image can eliminate the need for additional X-rays and reduce the number of call backs to get additional views.

The time it will take to perform a needle localization, where the radiologists utilizes the mammogram to mark the area for biopsy, will be cut in half with digital. With conventional film, it can take three to four minutes to process it; plus additional time for the radiologist to view it in another room. This time can be doubled if another image needs to be taken. With digital, the radiologist, mammographer and patient remain in one room. Additional views are just as quick. The entire procedure can take 10 – 15 minutes versus 30 minutes.

Other advantages of  digital mammography include:

  • Ease of access for consultations and comparative study
  • Varying image views
  • Less radiation
  • Less time in Diagnostics

 

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  • Women's Pavilion
    Women's Pavilion

    508-422-2092

    Milford Regional, Hill Health Center
    14 Prospect Street
    Milford, MA 01757

Diagnostic Imaging Scheduling Center

To schedule an appointment, call our Diagnostic Imaging Scheduling Center at:
508-422-BOOK (508-422-2665)
Mon. thru Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pre-Registration

Patients should call to pre-register up to two weeks in advance for any scheduled surgical day and out-patient appointment including most diagnostic tests, lab work and pre-surgical testing. This eliminates the need to wait for an admissions representative upon arrival. Patients can go directly to their point of service. Admissions representatives are available to take calls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. 

Please call 508-422-2222.

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