Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley in Haverhill offers the most advanced technology available to our patients, including Full Field Selenia Digital Mammography from Hologic.
We selected the Selenia Digital Mammography system based on its image quality, patient safety and a number of unique features that distinguish the Selenia from other digital systems. Selenia uses an amorphous selenium, direct conversion detector. This technology produces incredibly sharp digital images by completely eliminating the image-degrading effects of light diffusion found on other digital mammography systems. The system's 24 x 29 cm field of view accommodates almost all breast sizes with a single exposure and is the only system available with this feature. Also, Selenia offers exceptional diagnostic tools for the radiologists, which assists in providing immediate results of the mammography exam.
As a woman, you have a unique physical make-up that requires unique care. You also know that early detection can make the difference when it comes to protecting your breast health. The mammography department provides you with a private, comfortable setting in which you can receive professional diagnostic screening services.
One in eight American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In combination with monthly self-exams and annual check-ups, mammography is considered to be the best available method for early breast cancer detection. Screenings can often identify treatable or removable tumors up to five years before they would be found during a self-exam. It is recommended that women over the age of 40 have an annual mammogram screening.
A mammogram is an X-ray that gives a picture of the internal structure of the breast. There are two types of mammography: screening and diagnostic. Screening mammography is performed on asymptomatic women to check for undetected tumors. Diagnostic mammography is used to follow up on breast abnormalities detected during a self-exam or check-up.
First, you will be asked to undress from the waist up. A technologist will then place your breast between two plates and compress them to take the X-ray. Your mammogram report will then be forwarded to your primary health care provider for review within seven to ten days.
To schedule a mammogram, call scheduling at 978-521-8121. Ask your doctor to refer you to Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, or call us directly and we can help facilitate an appropriate referral. For added convenience, your doctor can book your bone density screening and mammogram back-to-back on the same day. Procedures are covered by most health insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Managed Care/HMO's, commercial insurance and private pay.
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*The Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley mammography facility is certified by the American College of Radiology, the Mammography Quality Standards Act, and is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Only half of women are getting their routine annual screening despite current evidence that confirms that mammograms offer a substantial benefit to women in their 40s, and that they play an important role in reducing breast cancer mortality. Read more in this recent article.
To schedule a mammogram, call scheduling at 978-521-8121.
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