HMG launches digital mammography in coordination with October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Friday, October 2, 2009
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – In coordination with October as National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Holston Medical Group is pleased to announce that it now provides the latest in mammography screening technology at its two ACR-accredited diagnostic centers, The Outpatient Diagnostic Center at Sapling Grove (Bristol) and The Outpatient Diagnostic Center at MeadowView Lane (Kingsport).
SeleniaTM digital mammography incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp breast images. The images appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds, there is no waiting for film to develop, which means less time in the breast imaging suite for patients.
Both of HMG’s outpatient diagnostic centers are certified as Pink Ribbon Facilities, a distinction awarded only to an elite group of healthcare facilities. By offering women digital mammograms, Holston Medical Group hopes to increase the number of area women who follow recommendations for regular screenings.
Selenia digital mammography offers a number of other practical advantages and patient conveniences. Because there is no waiting for film to be developed it significantly reduces 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 chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97%
Holston Medical Group is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering digital mammography, HMG provides the latest in imaging quality. If you would like to schedule a routine mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact either the ODC (Bristol) at (423) 990-2440 or the ODC (Kingsport) at (423) 857-2800.
If you have concerns regarding your breast health, please first talk with your women’s health or primary care provider.
Established in 1977, HMG’s multi-specialty physician practice includes more than 150 physicians, and mid-level providers in its provision of 24-hour medical/surgical coverage. With convenient locations throughout the region, Holston Medical Group also offers two Urgent Care Clinics (Bristol & Kingsport), and two state-of-the-art outpatient diagnostic centers (Bristol & Kingsport). On-site ancillary services available at HMG include x-ray and laboratory, digital mammography, CT, MRI, ultrasound and cardiac services. Areas of medical specialty include: family/internal medicine; pediatrics; adolescent medicine; hospital team; allergic diseases; general surgery; orthopaedic surgery; oral and maxillofacial surgery; obstetrics & gynecology; otolaryngology; rheumatology; gastroenterology; pediatric gastroenterology; occupational medicine; endocrinology and metabolism; and comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation services.