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Advanced Digital Mammography System Comes to Vacaville
Date:6/5/2008

VACAVILLE, Calif., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sutter Regional Medical Foundation (SRMF) announces that its Vacaville care center has upgraded to digital mammography, offering another advanced tool in screening for breast cancer.

Digital mammography, a computerized X-ray of the breast, is one of the most effective weapons in the fight against breast cancer. The new system is revolutionary in that image quality is superior, with at least a 30- to 40- percent glandular reduction in radiation dose. Another advantage of a digital mammogram is its filmless environment. Unlike analog mammograms (film-producing scans), digital images are produced almost immediately and give radiologists the ability to magnify and adjust images.

"With its high resolution image, efficient storage capability and back-to- back image reporting, digital mammography has a clear advantage over the conventional film-based system," says Keith Tao, M.D., medical director of radiology of SRMF Diagnostic Imaging Centers. "Much like the transition from yesterday's film cameras to today's digital cameras, digital mammography offers the latest technology and cutting-edge advantages to both radiologists and patients."

All women should have their first mammogram by age 40 and then every one to two years. This can reduce the risk of dying of breast cancer by 20 to 25 percent for women aged 40 years or older.

The landmark Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that digital mammography is more accurate and cost-effective as a cancer screening tool in women with dense breasts and women in the peri- and pre-menopausal age groups. This amounts to 60 percent of women under 50 years of age and 40 percent of women older than 50.

"Digital has higher image quality and allows us to detect cancer much earlier than we could on film," says Barbara Chodacznik, B.S., ARRT, (N) (R), CNMT, manager of SRMF Diagnostic Imaging Cent
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