Hospital Introduces Digitial Mammography



Northern Hospital of Surry County has announced that it now provides the latest in mammography technology. Selenia™ 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.
           Northern Hospital is a certified Pink Ribbon Facility, a distinction awarded only to an elite group of healthcare facilities. By offering women digital mammograms, the facility 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
“Women may notice little difference when coming in for a digital mammogram,” says Tammy Branch, Mammography Coordinator. “The procedure is the same as traditional film mammography, except our radiologists can gather and process images much faster.”
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%. 
            Northern Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering digital mammography, the hospital provides the latest in imaging quality. If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact the hospital’s Imaging Department at 336-719-7005.
            An open house in the Mammography area was held recently. The beautifully renovated area houses two Selenia™ digital mammography units, four private dressing rooms, and a private, mammography only, waiting area.
Northern Hospital of Surry County is a 133-bed, not-for-profit, governmental district facility with a number of outpatient service locations and physician offices providing a comprehensive array of services to meet the needs of the community from infant to geriatric care. Located in Mount Airy, North Carolina and serving the northwest Piedmont region of NC and neighboring counties in southwest Virginia. For more information, please call (336) 719-7000 or visit

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