ALL Digital Mammography

Advancing the Fight Against Breast Cancer

A new digital mammography system available at Athens-Limestone Hospital enables its physicians to detect and diagnose breast cancer in patients with confidence. The innovative digital system provides outstanding image quality and clear, highly detailed images of the breast.

ALH's new Senographe® DS full-field digital mammography system acquired from GE Healthcare is the most modern mammography equipment available to patients today. This new, all-digital system is revolutionizing breast care by providing patients with state-of-the-art mammograms that are faster, easier and more comfortable than ever before, while providing physicians with highly detailed images to use in the diagnosis.

According to the American Cancer Society, it was estimated that new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed among 211,240 women and 1,690 men in 2005, and an estimated 40,870 women and 460 men were expected to die of this disease. This new digital technology will help provide the most advanced care for patients by providing clear, high-detailed breast images, which is the first step towards an accurate diagnosis and getting a patient on the proper treatment plan to good health.

The Senographe DS is a full-field digital mammography system designed to help Athens-Limestone Hospital provide comprehensive mammography patient care - from screening and diagnosis, to interventional procedures. Plus, the system has a patient-centric design and intuitive controls that allow the technologists who perform the exams to focus on the patients, making the mammography exam an easier and more comfortable experience. For the physician, it provides greater flexibility in viewing the exam and performing biopsies.

ALH's Senographe DS is equipped with computer aided detection (CAD) software. CAD acts as a radiologist's "second pair of eyes" when reading a mammogram. Similar to a spellchecker system on a personal computer, this technology has the potential to detect findings that might otherwise be overlooked during the review process, thus improving the opportunity for cancer detection. CAD technology is especially effective in identifying microcalcifications in the breast, some of which can indicate a malignant process.

Look to Athens-Limestone Hospital for the most advanced diagnostic imaging services. As the leading provider of Radiology Services for over 58 years, we are truly committed to providing cutting edge technologies to the citizens of our community providing good health close to home, leaving few reasons to travel outside our community for the healthcare that's needed.

To schedule a mammogram call 256-216-9696


Danny Yocom, Laboratory Manager