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RFAH now provides digital mammography

River Falls Area Hospital has expanded its health and wellness services for women with the installation of digital mammography.

RFAH is part of Allina Hospitals and Clinics, which invested $400,000 to bring this state-of-the-art equipment to patients into western Wisconsin. Donations from community members are helping fund the digital mammography equipment and other start-up expenses for the program.

"Digital mammography allows us to provide our patients with the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer close to home," said Dr. Chris Tashjian, director of medical affairs at RFAH.

Digital mammography represents the most advanced technology for breast cancer detection.

A digital mammogram is like traditional film screen mammography. Both use X-rays to generate images of the breast. However, instead of using film to capture and record the image, a digital mammogram uses a detector to capture and convert X-ray energy into a digital image. The resulting digital images are immediately available to the radiologist for diagnosis. 

For more please read the May 21 print version of the Herald.