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Digital Mammography is now available at St. Joseph's


Area women now have access to digital technology for their breast cancer screening

St. Joseph's is pleased to announce that the latest in digital mammography technology is now available at St. Joseph's Breast Imaging Center. With the installation of the Aspire™ ClearView system developed by FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc., local women will now have access to high quality digital mammography screening at St. Joseph's Breast Imaging Center.

"Screening mammography is still recognized as the most effective tool available for the early detection of breast cancer," said William Wallace, Administrative Director of St. Joseph's Department of Medical Imaging. "And according to a landmark study, digital mammography offers significant benefits to certain groups of women. We're proud to be able to provide area women with this proven screening technology available to identify cancers early when they are most treatable."

Digital mammography, a mammogram that uses new detection technologies and computers instead of film, was found in a landmark clinical study of more than 42,000 women to be better than film-screen mammography in detecting breast cancer in women under 50, pre- and peri-menopausal women, and women with dense breasts. Digital mammograms are 15% more accurate among women under age 50 or not yet in menopause, and 11% more accurate among women with dense breasts.

From the patient's perspective, the procedure for a digital mammogram is the same as for a conventional film mammogram; however, the digital images are available almost immediately so the wait time for the patient is less since hard copy film development is eliminated.
Because of the unique design of Fujifilm's digital mammography solution, St. Joseph's Breast Imaging Center is able to ensure that every woman scheduled for breast screening receives a digital mammogram.

"The benefits we are experiencing with Fujifilm's digital mammography are not only allowing us to do our jobs more effectively and efficiently but, more importantly, they are enabling us to provide the top level of care for our breast imaging patients," said Wallace. "Fujifilm's Aspire ClearView is the most widely used digital mammography system in the world, and we're pleased to be offering its benefits to the women of this area."

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74. Fortunately, 96 percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years. A breast exam by a doctor should also be part of a periodic health exam every year for women 40 and above.
About St. Joseph's Hospital

Founded in 1908 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, New York, along with several community leaders, St. Joseph's is a not-for-profit Catholic acute care hospital with a certified capacity of 295 beds. For more information about St. Joseph's, visit www.stjosephs.org.


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