Lompoc Valley Medical Center has the latest state-of-the-art equipment for performing digital mammography.
The new machine features a sophisticated computer-aided detection system that provides crisp, clear images that help clinicians pinpoint cancer in it earliest stages. And because these images are immediately available in digital form, there's no need to develop film, making the entire process much shorter. Digital mammography uses less radiation than film mammography, and allows improvement in image storage and transmission because images can be stored and sent electronically. Radiologists also can use software to help interpret digital mammograms.
Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. (Radiology Info. org)
For women, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, and these decreases are believed to be the result, in part, of earlier detection and improved treatment.