Digital mammography detects masses at smaller sizes and earlier than traditional film mammography, says Judie Goodman, DO, an oncologist at SJMO. Because the x-ray image is digital, radiologists can zoom in to enlarge the image of adjust the contrast to look for suspicious growths. Additionally, digital images can be stored and sent electronically—simplifying storage and making information easier to access.
Digital can be better at detecting masses in younger women, or any woman with dense breasts.
SJMO is one of the first in Michigan to achieve American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Center of Excellence recognition. SJMO offers all digital mammography at its locations in the Alice Gustafson Ambulatory Surgery Center on the hospital campus and its Lake Orion Imaging Services location.
MRI is not an alternative to mammography, but an ancillary tool that is used to better image abnormalities or cancers of the breast. MRI can also provide information on stages of cancer, whereas mammography and ultrasound cannot.
With MRI, physicians can:
- Evaluate abnormalities detected by mammography
- Screen for cancer in women who have implants
- Assess multiple tumor locations
- Assess the effect of chemotherapy
- Better tailor treatment plans to each patient
Early detection of breast cancer can mean survival. There is now a 95 percent five-year survival rate for breast cancer detected early.
SJMO provides a full continuum of breast care services. Service offerings range from screening and early detection to a multidisciplinary approach to treatment options. SJMO offers cutting-edge surgery by breast specialists, clinical trials for every stage of the disease and state-of-the-art radiotherapy.
Please contact the SJMO referral line at (800) 372-6094 for an SJMO physician near you.