Digital Mammography uses a special detector to capture and convert x-ray energy into a digital image. The radiologist can view and manipulate the digital images on high resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue. They can also adjust the brightness and contrast as well as zoom in on specific areas of interest to help detect small calcifications, masses, and other changes that may be early signs of cancer.
To supplement this technology, Phelps has incorporated digital Computer Aided Detection (CAD). This software flags abnormalities to help the radiologist detect early signs of breast cancer. In essence, CAD is a second set of eyes to support and enhance the radiologist’s diagnosis. We also offer a digital stereotactic system that aids the surgeon during breast biopsy procedures.
Phelps is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Quality and Safety and the Commission on Breast Imaging. This designation means that Phelps breast services have achieved accreditation in mammography, breast ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, and all of these services meet the highest national standards.