Landmark Medical Center proudly announces that the hospital is now
DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY at both the Woonsocket Unit and
Fogarty Unit (North Smithfield) campuses. The first unit opened at the
Woonsocket Unit on February 24, 2010 and the second opened at the
Fogarty Unit on March 17, 2010
â€œEarly detection is crucial for breast cancer prevention and
treatment,â€ said Kim E. Harrist, Director of Radiology. â€œDigital
mammograms provide the latest, most advanced technology available for
breast imaging. We are so pleased to offer this service to women in our
play a central part in the early detection of breast cancer because they
can detect changes in the breast that may be early signs of cancer, but
are too small or too subtle to be felt. Conventional mammography, which
has been offered at Landmark or years, produces breast images on x-ray
film. The film is developed and then interpreted by a radiologist who
studies the film by placing it against a high-intensity light box.
With digital mammography, the exam â€“ from the patientâ€™s perspective â€“
is nearly identical; however, the quality of the images produced is
greatly enhanced. Digital mammography uses computers and specially
designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on
a high-resolution computer monitor in a matter of seconds, and then
transmitted and stored just like computer files.
is no waiting time for film to develop and, even more importantly, the
radiologist can manipulate the images by adjusting the brightness,
changing contrast, or zooming in for close-ups of specific areas of
interest. This allows for better detection of subtle signs of early
cancer. Further, the digital images can be easily stored, copied without
any loss of information, and transmitted and received in a more
â€œIn the past five years, Landmark Medical Center has invested in new
equipment, upgraded facilities, and expanded technology in our Radiology
department,â€ said Richard R. Charest, President of Landmark Medical
Center. â€œAdding digital mammography is the latest advancement in our
ongoing efforts to expand and enhance the scope of services available to
To schedule an appointment for a mammogram at Landmark Medical
Center, please call (401) 769-4100, Ext. 2006. Evening and weekend
appointments are available for your convenience. In addition, the
Fogarty Unit at 116 Eddie Dowling Highway (Rte.146A) in North
Smithfield, accepts walk-ins Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to
noon. Walk-ins are not accepted at the Woonsocket Unit, 115 Cass Avenue,
Mammography & Breast Cancer Facts:
â€¢ Mammography screening is the best way to detect breast cancer in
its earlier stages and saves lives.
â€¢ Screening mammography reduces breast cancer mortality 25 â€“ 30
percent for women ages 50 to 70 and 18 percent for women ages 40 to 50.
â€¢ Four out of every 10 women do not get annual mammograms.
â€¢ Breast cancer, when detected early, can be cured.
â€¢ The five-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 97
â€¢ The 12-year survival rate is 95 percent for cancers detected when
less than 1 cm in size.
â€¢ A womanâ€™s chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1
â€¢ Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, aside from skin
â€¢ Only lung cancer causes more cancer deaths in women.