Digital mammography – one of the most powerful tools in the early detection of breast cancer – is now available at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s (SLCH) Cornwall campus. This major enhancement to Imaging technology is the latest addition to the hospital’s expanding cancer program, and complements services available through the
new Littman Cancer Center.
Digital mammography, which converts X-ray energy into digital photos instead of film images, better enables physicians to identify subtle changes in the breast, and recognize and assess tumors. An additional advantage is that digital mammography can reduce exposure to radiation by up to 60 percent and images are more easily stored and retrieved, facilitating and expediting diagnosis and treatment, when necessary. Patients utilizing the new digital mammography service can rest assured they’re getting not only the latest technology, but also the expertise of an experienced team leadby board-certified radiologists specializing in breast imaging.
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital radiologic technologists Theresa Francese-Smith (left)
and Doreen Wotton demonstrate the new digital mammography unit.
“Digital mammography greatly enhances our ability to detect breast cancer early and is an invaluable tool in
the fight against this disease," said Stephen C. Cestari, DO, obstetrician/gynecologist with Women’s Medical of Hudson Valley. "It’s important that women have regular mammograms as recommended by their physicians;
I’m delighted SLCH is increasing the availability of this important diagnostic tool in our community.”
The digital mammography unit is located in a newly renovated suite in the Radiology Department at SLCH’s
Cornwall campus. Evening appointments are available; to schedule a mammogram, call (845) 458-4000.