Riverside Shore Medical Center at Metompkin has converted to digital mammography equipment, offering patients a better diagnostic tool than film mammograms. 

Digital mammography has become the standard in breast imaging.  Much like digital cameras for personal use, digital mammograms are an improvement over film because the high-resolution images are instantly available and can be fine-tuned to better visualize suspicious areas.  Digital mammography provides more contrast and detail for imaging dense breast tissue and makes it easier to store images.  "The electronic images are accessible by any authorized physician at any Riverside location within about a minute as part of a patient's secure electronic medical record," said Matthew Booth, director of imaging services for Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.

Converting to digital mammography offers patients the latest technology in a location close to home.   Riverside's commitment to the Shore and all of the communities it serves is to locally provide a wide variety of services so that access to healthcare is convenient as well as safe, private and high-quality.

As part of the conversion to digital, the mammography suite at the Riverside Shore Medical Center at Metompkin was renovated with patient comfort and privacy in mind.  "Riverside is investing money to better the hospital and better the community," Booth said.

Now, all Riverside Health System diagnostic centers are equipped with digital mammography.

Annual mammograms are recommended for women starting at age 40, or earlier depending on family history.  According to the American Cancer Society, the wide availability of routine screening mammograms has led to earlier detection and has saved lives.

Riverside Shore Medical Center at Metompkin is located at 17385 Lankford Highway, just north of Parksley. To make an appointment at the Metompkin site or at the digital unit at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, call (757) 414-8555.  A physician's order is not needed for a screening mammogram.

Published: February 12, 2013