Texas Health Cleburne Adds Digital Mammography Services|
CLEBURNE, Texas — Women visiting Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne for a mammogram now are experiencing advanced mammography technology. The digital technology was added with financial support from the Black & White Gala and the hospital auxiliary.
From 2001-05, breast cancer incidence in Johnson County outpaced that in the rest of Texas, according to the Texas Cancer Registry of the Department of State Health Services. The rate of cases per 100,000 people was 124.7 in Johnson County, compared to 115.5 for the state.
“We are thrilled to bring digital mammography to patients in Cleburne and the surrounding areas,” said hospital president Blake Kretz. “It’s with the support we received from the Black & White Gala and the hospital auxiliary that we were able to make this goal a reality.”
Younger women and those with dense breasts benefit from digital images. The technology makes it easier to penetrate dense breast tissue and to create contrasts to better read the images.
“Women in Cleburne can now stay close to home for this important screening tool,” said Terri Archer, past chairwoman with the Black & White Gala. “We encourage every woman who fits the screening criteria to have a mammogram. Through the ‘Mammograms are a Must’ program, we provide free screenings for those who meet certain financial guidelines to help women receive the life-saving screenings without having to worry about the cost.”
The National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the American College of Radiology recommend women 40 and older have annual mammograms. Women with dense breasts or are younger than 50 are specifically encouraged to get a digital mammogram, according to breastcancer.org.
“Mammography is the best tool in providing early breast cancer detection and digital is fast becoming the standard in breast imaging,” said Sherry Cummings, president of the hospital’s volunteer auxiliary. “Together we hope to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer one patient at a time.”
Patients will not notice a difference in the actual test, which still includes compressing the breast. Exams are offered by skilled, registered technologists in a relaxing, comfortable environment. The hospital will host an open house to celebrate the new technology at 2 p.m. on April 21.
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