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Picture This: Enhanced Imaging for Women

Although traditional film mammography is the gold standard for detecting breast cancer in women of all ages, a digital option is available at Texas Health Resources hospitals to produce more detailed images when needed.

Our goal is to enhance the health of women in our community,” says Nanette Evans, M.D., radiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville. “Women need to understand the importance of scheduling their annual mammograms after age 40 — and that we are capable of giving them quality imaging.”

For women with denser breasts, digital mammography is the best way to identify any possible concerns, according to the National Cancer Institute. Instead of reading a fixed film image, digital mammography allows radiologists to zoom in on certain areas of the breast, highlighting potential threats such as calcifications. The technology can help physicians diagnose breast cancer at an earlier stage than traditional mammography alone.

“All of our technologists have both state and national certifications,” says Sarah Mangrum, R.T. (R)(M), lead mammographer for Texas Health Stephenville. “We also have an on-site radiologist here five days a week. Women can feel comfortable coming here knowing they will receive quality breast health care.”

Digital mammography is available at Texas Health Arlington
Memorial Hospital, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, Texas Health Harris
Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville.

For more information on digital mammography at a Texas Health facility, visit TexasHealth.org/breast or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355). (Spring 2009)

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