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What is Digital Mammography?

In standard mammography, images are recorded on film using an x-ray cassette. The film is viewed by the radiologist using a "light box" and then stored in a jacket in the facility's archives. With digital mammography, the breast image is captured using a special electronic x-ray detector, which converts the image into a digital picture for review on a computer monitor. The digital mammogram is then stored on a computer. With digital mammography, the magnification, orientation, brightness, and contrast of the image may be altered after the exam is completed to help the radiologist more clearly see certain areas.

At CCMH we provide every woman with MammoPad, a soft foam pad that creates a cushion between you and the mammography machine.

Full Field Digital Mammography was added in 2007 with the Siemens Novation DR. CCMH was the first facility in the State of Wyoming to offer Full Field Digital Mammography.

What is MammoPad and how does it work?
MammoPad is a soft, warm, single-use foam cushion. It is placed between the patient and the surface of the mammography device, resulting in a softer, more comfortable mammogram.

How much more comfort can I expect with MammoPad?
Clinical studies in the U.S. and Sweden show three out of four women experience an average 50% decrease in discomfort.

Early Detection

Early detection is the most critical issue in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.That's why regular mammograms are so important for all women over 40. Mammography can find cancer when it's most treatable, often one to three years before a woman can feel a lump with the recommended monthly breast self-exam. There are a wealth of organizations that can help you learn more about breast cancer.

A good place to start is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at:

Other Links

CCMH Heptner Cancer Center

The National Cancer Institute
Learn about prevention, genetics, and treatment options.

American Cancer Society
Information on prevention and screening, along with ideas on how to get involved in community fundraising efforts. Men should also do routine breast self-exams.

Although it's 100 times more common in women, men can also develop breast cancer.

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