Digital Mammography Arrives at Somerset Hospital

Your good health is the top priority of Somerset Hospital. The continuing introduction of new and exciting technologies allows our specialists to provide proper diagnosis. Women who undergo routine mammograms at Somerset Hospital now have the latest technology available to them, digital mammography.

Somerset Hospital is the first healthcare provider in the Greater Somerset County area to feature this state-of-the-art system, Selenia Dimensions digital mammography along with the breast cushion, MammoPad®, from the Hologic company.
Selenia digital mammography incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp images. MammoPad® creates a softer, warmer mammogram and has been clinically demonstrated to reduce discomfort for most women. MammoPad and Selenia digital mammography together provide a more positive experience for women.
“The discomfort many women feel during mammography compression is widely known to be a reason that many don't get regular screenings,” said Melissa Minnick, Director of Medical Imaging at Somerset Hospital.  “The breast cushion answers these complaints by providing a soft, warm cushion for the breast during mammography,” state Minnick. "Because women are more relaxed during the exam, it makes it even easier for our mammography technologists to get the best possible image."
The new digital mammography will offer a number of other practical advantages and patient conveniences. Because there is no waiting for film to be developed it can significantly reduce the time patients spend at the hospital, as well as reduce the need for repeat exams due to under or over exposure. Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically, eliminating the dependency on one set of original films, which can be misfiled or lost in transit
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97%. 
Somerset Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering both the MammoPad breast cushion and digital mammography, Somerset Hospital will provide the latest in imaging quality and comfort technology. If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact Melissa Minnick at 814-443-5315.
Photo: The Mammography Team shows off the new state-of-the-art system, Selenia Dimensions digital mammography unit from the Hologic company. Shown from left, Deb Gregory, Shari Brady, Tina Mostoller, Julie Bowlby, Lori Mostoller, Dory Davis and Melissa Minnick.