UTMC offers digital mammography technology

June 3, 2009 | News, UToday
By Jeffrey Romagni

The development of new technology is crucial in gaining the upper hand in diagnosing and treating life-threatening diseases, such as breast cancer. Until recently, doctors at The University of Toledo Medical Center relied on X-ray mammography to help detect breast cancer.

UT Medical Center now offers digital mammography, a significant advance over previous technologies.

Using this technology, radiologists can magnify each image, increase or decrease the contrast, and adjust black-and-white values while reading the images. These features help to see better when breasts are denser.

“Digital mammography is particularly helpful in evaluating women between the ages of 40 and 50 when there is a higher probability of having denser breast tissue,” said Dr. Lee Woldenberg, professor and chair of radiology.

Another advantage of this technology is that numerous doctors can view each study simultaneously from different locations, something that could not be done using X-ray mammography. “The radiologists can interpret these studies from many miles away, manipulate the data, and magnify it to help make subtle findings more evident,” Woldenberg said.

A screening using digital mammography is identical to a conventional screening from a patient’s perspective. However, since digital images can be viewed in seconds, the mammographer is able to confirm proper positioning, reducing the likelihood of having to come back for additional images.

In addition to this new technology, UTMC has moved the Vascular Ultrasound Lab and General Ultrasound to the new Heart and Vascular Center. Although all phone and fax numbers will remain the same, the diagnostic ultrasound facilities now include rooms 1175, 1176, 1177 and 1179.

For more information, contact Frances Cassell, director of radiology, at 419.383.3426.

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