Delray Medical Center has added digital mammography to its comprehensive diagnostic services dedicated to women and the early detection of breast cancer. This new equipment incorporates advanced imaging technology that provides sharp images and provides high quality care. Digital mammography allows the radiologist to view the x-ray image more closely, meaning they can zoom in on suspicious or concerning areas and make immediate decisions as to whether additional images are needed. Although a digital mammogram is like a traditional film-screen exam in that it uses x-rays to generate images of the breast, it takes less than half the time of traditional exams and allows the radiologist to review the images while the patient is still in the examination room. “Our goal is to provide exceptional care to the women of our community,” explained Robert Krieger, CEO of Delray Medical Center. “Digital mammography allows us to deliver even more advanced, personalized care to our patients in the fight against breast cancer.” Digital mammography offers a number of other practical advantages and patient conveniences. Because there is no waiting for film to be developed it can reduce the time patients spend in the breast center, as well as reduce 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 demonstrate 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 survival.
Delray Medical Center, a 493-bed acute care hospital located at 5352 Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach, has been serving the health care needs of south and central Palm Beach County for more than 20 years. A state-designated Level II Trauma Center for adults and children, Delray Medical Center offers a broad array of specialized services, ranging from acute care to rehabilitation, and psychiatric services to outpatient care. According to HealthGrades, Delray Medical Center is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2007, recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for five consecutive years (2003-2007), and the Cardiac Care Excellence Award for three consecutive years (2005, 2006, 2007). To learn more about Delray Medical Center, visit www.delraymedicalctr.com.