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St. Joseph’s introduces digital mammography to South Central Arkansas

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Women who undergo routine mammograms at the Mercy Women's Center, conveniently located on the medical campus of St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center, now have digital mammography – the latest in diagnostic technology – available to them.

The acquisition by St. Joseph's, the first healthcare provider in South Central Arkansas to offer the revolutionary imaging technology of the new Selenia™ digital mammography system, was made with the patient in mind, as it provides the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

“I am excited to be able to play a small role in bringing this state-of-the-art health care to our service area,” said Mercy Women's Services Operations Manager Marsha Oliver, RN, BSN. “Most women will tell you the mammogram process heightens their anxiety level, so it is nice to provide women in the Hot Springs area with the calming qualities of digital mammography.”

From the patient's point of view, a digital mammogram is like traditional film screen mammography in that both use X-rays to generate images of the breast. However, instead of using film to capture and record the image, a digital mammogram uses a special detector to capture and convert X-ray energy into digital images, which are immediately available to the radiologists for diagnosis.

Radiologists can view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue. They can also adjust brightness and contrast, as well as zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses and other changes that may be signs of early breast cancer.

Digital mammography offers a number of practical advantages and other patient conveniences. Because there is no waiting for film to be developed, it can significantly reduce the time patients spend at the Mercy Women's Center, as well as reduce the need for repeat exams due to under or over exposure. Digital images are also easily stored and transferred electronically, eliminating the dependency on one set of original films, which can be misfiled or lost in transit.

For more information on the digital mammography system and other services offered by St. Joseph's Mercy Women's Center, please call (501) 622-2277.

A member of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, St. Joseph's is a not-for-profit Catholic hospital and two-time recipient of the large-company Gold Award at the Governor's Family Friendly Employer Awards ceremony in the spring of 2006 and 2007. For further information on the Arkansas Governor's Family Friendly Employer Initiative and services offered by St. Joseph's, please visit


Rod Gardner
Publication Specialist
St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center
300 Werner Street - P.O. Box 29001
Hot Springs, AR. 71903
501.622.4513 (Office) 501.622.2077 (Fax)
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