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Digital Mammography

Digital Mammography

Clearly, early detection is everything. 

At CGH Medical Center, your health means everything to us. We've invested in digital mammography to make sure our patients have the most advanced technologies and treatments to fight cancer.

The benefits of Digital Precision: The power to see more.

Since the digital mammogram doesn't use the traditional film for development, you get results more quickly. With the click of a mouse, your radiologist can enlarge and enhance the digital image, adjust the contrast, or zoom in on specific areas. This technology means it's less likely you'll need to come back for a second test. What's more, your doctor can easily share your images to consult with others, for prompt diagnosis and the best possible treatment.

You deserve the best possible care. That's why we're here. Your health means everything to us.

For more information or to schedule your digital mammogram, call CGH Medical Center at (815) 625-0400, ext. 5550. 

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

If a woman's mammogram indicates that a mass has been found, the physician may want to perform a stereotactic biopsy. Photographing the area from two different angles is the first step, then the information is fed into a computer, which calculates the exact location of the mass. The patient receives a local anesthetic, numbing the breast to be biopsied. The biopsy needle is then inserted and guided to the precise location and a tissue sample is obtained. The recovery time is usually very quick and the woman can return to work the next day. CGH was the first rural hospital to offer this less invasive, less risky, less expensive procedure. Download our Stereotactic Breast Biopsy brochure here.  

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Sentinel lymph node biopsy is a new diagnostic procedure used to determine whether the breast cancer has spread, or metastasized, to lymph glands under the arm. This procedure only requires a few lymph nodes nearest the cancer to be removed and analyzed. If they are cancer free, it may reduce the need to remove and analyze all the lymph nodes, which can number over 30. This in return may reduce postoperative complications.


 CGH Medical Center uses GE Senocare Mammo units that are full digital systems. GE digital mammography systems have been designed to help users to see more than in analog mammography with an improved throughput and a better overall patient care. GE also provides a set of powerful review tools enhancing the diagnosis process thanks to high quality imaging; along with a complete range of mobile digital mammography devices

We are proud to be able to provide our local region with the most advanced screening technology available to identify cancers early when they are most treatable.

Digital mammography, a mammogram that uses new detection technologies and computers instead of film, was found in a landmark clinical study of more than 42,000 women to be better than film-screen mammography in detecting breast cancer in three groups:  women under 50, pre- and peri-menopausal women, and women with dense breasts. Digital mammograms are 15 percent more accurate among women under age 50 or not yet in menopause, and 11 percent more accurate among women with dense breasts.

From the patient's perspective, the procedure for a digital mammogram is the same as for a conventional film mammogram; however, since the images are available almost immediately and no film development time is necessary, the wait time for the patient is less.  The images can also be readily transferred to a CD if a patient needs to take them to another facility.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74. In Illinois, thousands of women are expected to die from breast cancer this year.  Fortunately, 96 percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer free after five years.  A breast exam by a doctor should also be part of a periodic health exam every year for women 40 and above.


Read our HealthLines article here.

Visit our A.D.A.M. health library to learn more about mammograms here.


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