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Digital Mammography

Better, faster mammography available only at Allen Hospital and the Allen Imaging Center at United Medical Park.

Allen introduced digital mammography at both locations in June 2008. The new digital units were the first of their kind in the Cedar Valley.

"Digital mammography gives Cedar Valley women and their doctors a new way to detect breast cancer earlier," says Angela Traver, Allen Imaging Center manager. "Early detection saves lives."

Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor and transmitted and stored just like computer files. Unlike film-based mammography, digital mammograms produce images that appear on the technologist's monitor in a matter of seconds. There is no waiting for film to develop, which can mean a shorter time spent in the breast imaging suite.

Digital mammography allows radiologists to view the x-ray image more closely, zero in on suspicious areas and make immediate decisions about additional images. Digital mammography takes less than half the time of traditional film-based exams. It's so fast that radiologists can review the images while the patient is still in the examination room.

In conjunction with the digital mammography unit, Allen is also offering digital Computer-Aided Detection (CAD). CAD provides a "second read" of the mammogram by a computer. CAD software helps the radiologist in making an accurate diagnosis, like spell check assists word processing.

Digital mammography is only available in the Cedar Valley at Allen Hospital and United Medical Park. At your next visit, tell your doctor you want a digital mammogram at Allen Hospital or the Allen Imaging Center at United Medical Park.

If you have had prior mammography images taken at non-UnityPoint Health facilities, please bring your most recent images with you. Please contact your doctor's office for help in obtaining the images. Our radiologists will not be able to process the examination images from this visit without your prior images for comparison.