Digital Mammography

Annual mammograms so the doctor can detect breast cancer. An estimated one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. This makes breast cancer the second highest cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, and these decreases are believed to be the result, in part, of earlier detection and improved treatment. The awareness of digital mammography and its benefits may be playing a role in improving breast cancer statistics.

Digital mammography is similar to traditional mammograms in the sense that compression and X-rays are used to create clear images of breast tissue. However, there are several advantages to digital mammography:

  • Near immediate production of images allows a technician to ensure the image is clear before the patient leaves.
  • The images are digitized, meaning they can be easily stored, transmitted, and copied via computers.
  • Radiologists are able to adjust brightness, change contrast, magnify images, and easily manipulate specific areas of the image for better evaluation.

To obtain a digital mammogram at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center or Sentara Kitty Hawk, you must be referred by a physician . Please view the guidelines established by the American Cancer Society for frequently asked questions regarding mammograms and breast cancer.

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The hospital earned the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation in digital mammography, and all breast imaging staff and equipment are certified under the ACR accreditation.