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HMC provides 'high tech, soft touch' mammography

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

HMC now offers the latest to help combat breast cancer by detecting problems early.
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Women who undergo routine mammograms at Heritage Medical Center (HMC) now have the latest diagnostic technology available to them, digital mammography. HMC is the first healthcare provider in Bedford County to feature the state-of-the-art system, Selenia digital mammography together with the breast cushion, MammoPad, from Hologic.

HMC is very excited to be able to offer the newest technology for breast cancer detection. Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is acquired and, more importantly, viewed. The radiologist can magnify the images, increase or decrease the contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images. These features allow the radiologist to evaluate microcalcifications and focus on areas of concern.

In addition to offering superior mammography technology, Heritage Medical Center offers a softer, warmer mammogram by using the MammoPad breast cushion for every patient. MammoPad has been clinically demonstrated to reduce discomfort, associated with mammograms, for most women. This recyclable breast cushion is "invisible" to X-rays and does not interfere with the image quality of the mammogram.

By offering women a softer mammogram, the Hospital hopes to increase the number of area women who follow recommendations for regular screenings.

HMC has the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventative medical care in a caring and compassionate manner to all people who live in, work in or visit Shelbyville and its surrounding areas. For further information, call (931) 685-5433 or go to www.heritagemedicalcenter.com.

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