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All St. David’s HealthCare Hospitals Now Provide Digital Mammography

9/17/2008 12:00:00 AM

St. David’s HealthCare announced today that all five of its acute-care facilities now offer digital mammograms.

For Immediate Release: September 17, 2008
Media Contacts:
Erin Ochoa, Lindsey Erwin and Kristin Marcum
Elizabeth Christian & Associates Public Relations

All St. David’s HealthCare Hospitals Now Provide Digital Mammography

Digital Technology Allows for More Accurate Imaging and
Early Detection of Breast Cancer

AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s HealthCare announced today that all five of its acute-care facilities now offer digital mammograms.

“The earlier breast cancer is detected, especially before the patient starts to experience cancer symptoms, the better the chances that treatment will work,” Steve Berkowitz, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “Improved technology, like digital mammograms, will help save many thousands of lives each year through early detection. We are thrilled to now offer this technology at all five Central Texas St. David’s hospitals.”

The benefits of digital mammography compared to conventional film mammograms are numerous. The steps involved are very similar; however, it is how the images are captured and what the physician can do with them that set digital mammograms apart.

With digital mammograms, images appear in seconds on a computer screen, with exceptional clarity, better visibility at the skin line, shorter exam times and 20 to 30 percent fewer callbacks. Mammograms are completed in 10-to-15 minutes. Digital mammography transfers images to a computer so that they can be electronically enhanced. Radiologists can zoom in, magnify and optimize different parts of the breast tissue using just four standard images.

Digital mammograms are preferred for women with dense breast tissue, traditionally younger women or women on hormone replacement therapy.

In addition to providing digital mammography at all facilities, St.David’s HealthCare is the only Central Texas provider to use the MammoPad—a soft foam cushion that makes mammograms more comfortable for women—for all patients at all facilities. Invented by a breast surgeon, the MammoPad creates a soft, warm surface during a mammogram, instead of the traditional cold, harsh experience that many women expect. With the MammoPad, patients are more relaxed, allowing technicians to get better image quality. Overall, the MammoPad creates an experience that is both high tech and high touch for patients.

Women age 40 or over should have a yearly mammogram to check for abnormalities or lumps that may indicate early stages of breast cancer. Mammograms can see cancerous lesions earlier than they can be detected with a self-exam. Other factors, such as a family history of premenopausal breast cancer or genetic predisposition to breast cancer may require women to start mammograms at an earlier age.

Steps that women can follow to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer include:
• Having children before age 30
• Breastfeeding
• Limiting alcohol intake to one drink per day
• Maintaining a healthy weight and
• Exercising regularly.

To schedule a digital mammogram at any of St. David’s acute-care facilities—St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, St. David’s Medical Center, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and St. David’s South Austin Hospital—call 1.888.868.2104.

To prepare for a mammogram, patients should adhere to the following guidelines:
• Don’t wear deodorant or powder the day of the exam; it could affect the image.
• Wear a two-piece outfit; patients will need to undress from the waist up.
• Schedule a mammogram seven-to-ten days after the beginning of a menstrual cycle.

St. David's HealthCare
Ranked in 2007 and 2008 as the top Austin-area employer among large companies at the Austin Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” event, St. David's HealthCare is the fourth-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 6,200 employees and $2.3 billion in annual gross revenues. In 2008, St. David’s HealthCare received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based upon world class quality measures. In 2006, St. David's HealthCare provided more than $175 million in free care to people who could not otherwise afford to pay.

With a total of 21 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes six of the area’s leading hospitals: St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, St. David’s South Austin Hospital, St. David’s Medical Center, St. David’s Georgetown Hospital and St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital. In addition to its full-service rehabilitation hospital, St. David’s provides rehabilitation services at its acute-care facilities and at numerous outpatient rehabilitation clinics across the region. For more information please visit

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