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Premier Health Partners First in Miami Valley to Offer Digital Mammography

Makes $1.2 Million Investment to Fight Breast Cancer

DAYTON, Ohio — Premier Health Partners (PHP) today announced it is purchasing three digital mammography units at $400,000 each and installing them at Miami Valley Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital mammography centers. Digital technology will be available in October as part of PHP's ongoing commitment to fighting breast cancer. The new technology helps radiologists detect more cancers earlier than traditional film mammography.

A National Cancer Institute study of nearly 50,000 women published in September 2005 found digital mammography technology diagnosed more cancers than traditional film mammograms in pre-menopausal women, those younger than 50, and those with dense breast tissue.

Every two minutes in the U.S., a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year cancer survival rate is 96 percent. Mammograms can detect breast cancer up to two years before it is large enough to be felt. Digital mammography was made clinically available about three years ago.

PHP has purchased the "Selenia" digital mammography unit from Hologic that is similar in function to a digital camera. When a mammogram is performed using digital technology, it is done much the same as film mammograms, but usually takes less than half the time for the total exam because images can be viewed immediately.

By October, PHP expects to install two units at Miami Valley Hospital imaging centers at Beavercreek Imaging, 1244 Meadow Bridge Drive; and at SouthMed Imaging in Centerville at 7707 Paragon Rd., Ste. 106. Good Samaritan Hospital will place its unit at Samaritan North Health Center. By early next year, PHP will transition all film mammography to digital technology.

Digital technology boasts a variety of benefits over traditional mammography, including:

  • Produces superior images that may be manipulated and used in computer-aided detection
  • Usually produces less radiation for patients
  • Instantaneous images viewed on screen during testing
  • Ability to store images to secure servers that reduce missing files
  • Electronic distribution to physicians enabling quicker treatment
  • Simultaneous viewing of files for more informed decisions by physicians.

"Nationally, breast cancer treatment has marked great technological strides, and digital mammography is one of those new advancements," said Thomas G. Breitenbach, president and CEO of PHP. "Our mission is to build healthier communities, and this commitment includes helping in the fight against breast cancer. Digital mammography will help in earlier detection and screening of the second most common cancer in women, and we will continue to offer medical technology that will help patients live healthier lives longer."

For more information about how to get a digital mammogram, please call CareFinders at 937-208-3463, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.