The Diagnostic Breast Care Center at Northern Nevada Medical Center
The American Cancer Society (ACS) says that regular mammography for women age 40 and older can be the most effective method of detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages, when it can be treated most effectively.
What is Digital Mammography?
Mammography is a safe and painless low-dose X-ray examination of the breast that takes about 20 minutes to complete. Digital mammography, unlike the older film-based mammograms, uses a computer and digital detectors to produce an image that can be reviewed by radiologists on a high-resolution monitor. With digital mammography, radiologists can adjust the brightness, change contrast and zoom in on specific areas of concern.
Digital mammography use compression and X-rays to create clear images of the inside of the breast. Our experienced team makes breast screening easy, featuring the latest digital mammography equipment in a comfortable, private setting.
The center is staffed by board-certified radiologists and certified mammography technologists. The Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Accreditation means that the mammography center adheres to the highest standards and guidelines for obtaining and interpreting mammograms. To be accredited by the ACR, facilities must complete a year-long process of monitoring radiation dosage and image quality and provide specialized training for its staff. Additionally, Northern Nevada Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), the gold seal of approval in healthcare certification, signifying adherence to the highest levels of technical quality, patient care and safety.
Mammography Can Make a Difference
By making mammography available and affordable, and by working to make women aware of its importance, we can help prevent needless cancer deaths.
Consider the following facts:
- Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among Nevada women and is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S.
- The American Cancer Society estimates that 330 Nevada women die from breast cancer each year.
- Technology can reveal breast disease long before even an experienced examiner can detect a lump.
- Early detection can dramatically increase the five-year survival rate from breast cancer to 100 percent when detected at its earliest stage, from about 50 percent when the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.
- Early detection can often minimize the need for surgery.
- Aside from being female, age is the most important risk factor for breast cancer. Potentially modifiable risk factors include weight gain after age 18, being overweight or obese (for postmenopausal breast cancer), use of combined estrogen and progestin MHT, physical inactivity, and consumption of one or more alcoholic beverages per day.