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Digital mammography

Shorter mammography exam and wait times are expected with the new Mammomat® digital mammography equipment installed at Baptist Health Louisville and the Baptist Health Imaging in Middletown.

The turnaround time for patients is much faster. One digital unit will do the work of two analog units.

Other benefits include flexible paddles that sense breast thickness for more comfortable compression, reduced radiation exposure and fewer false positives.

Digital mammography provides sharper images, which can be computer-enhanced for viewing, leading to a better diagnosis and fewer return visits for further examinations.

For a softer, warmer mammogram, Baptist Health Louisville will continue to use the MammoPad®, a foam cushion which also allows X-rays to pass through.

For improved cancer detection, Baptist Health Louisville will continue to use a computer-aided system, the R2 Imagechecker®, to analyze mammograms by identifying areas containing features associated with cancer that warrant further examination.

With the digital technology, images can be sent electronically, allowing radiologists at Baptist Health Louisville to review mammograms taken both on-site and off-site.

Digital mammography will allow Baptist Health Louisville to address the growth experienced by providing screenings at Baptist Health Imaging and meeting the needs of patients.

Digital mammography also is available at Baptist Health Louisville in the newly renovated Women’s Imaging Center. The center offers one-stop service to women needing mammography, ultrasound, bone densitometry, stereotactic biopsy and other tests in a more spacious, private atmosphere.

To schedule a mammogram, call (502) 897-8888 for Baptist Health Louisville; or (502) 238-2828 for Baptist Health Imaging, at the corner of Shelbyville and Evergreen roads in Middletown. One out of eight women will develop breast cancer some time in her life and every 13 minutes, a woman will die from the disease.