Digital Mammography is Here

Corydon – September 13, 2011: We are pleased to announce that Wayne County Hospital now offers the latest diagnostic technology available in digital mammography with the introduction of our new Selenia ™ digital mammography machine from Hologic ® for breast cancer detection. This state-of-the-art system is equipped with the R2™ ImageChecker® CAD a computer-aided diagnostic process that double checks each image for any suspicious areas and identifies them to the radiologist for further review.

Digital mammography provides improved clarity, increasing the physician’s ability to detect cancer and other abnormalities. The radiologist can magnify the images and adjust the contrast for better detection. Earlier detection means a higher success rate when treating cancer. “Our investment in digital mammography supports our commitment to improve breast care in our region. An annual mammogram only takes a few minutes, and it could be lifesaving.” commented Katie Newton, R.T.(R)(M) Radiology Department Director.

The WCH Radiology Department is supported by the PACS digital image archiving system, which is networked to accurately store and retrieve digital images. This system allows radiologists and providers at multiple locations to view and interpret images simultaneously.

A sizeable investment of $257,000, Wayne County Hospital has pursued funding for several years to bring digital mammography to our community. A $7,000 grant received from the Wayne Community Foundation helped offset some of the expenses associated with the implementation of this advanced technology. A grant application filed earlier this year with the USDA Rural Development is still pending. Donations in support of this service enhancement and the fight against breast cancer may be sent in care of the Wayne County Hospital Development Department, 417 S. East St., Corydon, IA 50060.

From a patient’s perspective digital mammography feels identical to conventional screening. Since there is no waiting for film to be developed, patients will notice shorter exam times and a reduction in the need for repeat exams due to improper film exposure.

Mammography is a valuable tool in the fight against breast cancer and WCH encourages women over the age of 40 to get annual screening mammograms or as advised by your provider. For many women, mammograms are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or their private insurance plans. For women who do not have insurance, WCH participates in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) making annual mammograms accessible for individuals who meet the financial guidelines.

In August 2011 the WCH Radiology Department completed its seventh annual inspection meeting the quality standards of Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) with a “no findings” rating, the highest rating possible.  This routine accreditation certifies that the WCH Mammography Department understands the current regulations and has successfully passed the required quality control tests to retain accreditation.

Join us on Monday, 9/26 for our Everything Pink Open House from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Enjoy refreshments, tour the department and learn more about our new digital mammography equipment and enter the drawing for a fabulous “Everything Pink” basket including a copy of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book. To schedule a mammogram, call the WCH Mammography Department at 641-872-5211.