Breast Program

Digital Mammography

The National Cancer Institute estimates that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Early detection through screening is our most powerful defense against this disease.

Digital screening mammography was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 and has since been adopted by leading breast centers nationwide.

Digital screening mammography offers many advantages over traditional X-ray film:

  • Produces superior quality images with high spatial and contrast resolution
  • Improved performance in women with dense breast tissue
  • Reduces radiation dose by an average of 20 percent
  • Immediate image capture and display on digital monitors means faster exams
  • Enables storage and copying of images, just like computer files
  • Facilitates computer assisted detection (CAD) for second reads on all mammograms

A digital screening mammogram is recommended for women who have no symptoms of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin screening with a baseline mammogram at the age of 40, and continue with mammograms every year thereafter. Women who have an increased risk for breast cancer based on their family history may benefit from screening at a younger age. Women who think they may be at high risk should consult their doctor about the most appropriate screening regimen.

St. Joseph Hospital utilizes the latest technology to identify cancers at their earliest stages. Our Imaging Center is FDA approved and certified as meeting quality standards for equipment, personnel and practices under the Mammography Quality Standards Act. In addition, our facility is also accredited by the American College of Radiology and has been designated by the College as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

Click here to view a complete list of our accreditations.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 714-734-6282.