February 23, 2012
Salem VA, February 23, 2012 – Women throughout Southwest Virginia will soon have access to digital mammography at all six LewisGale Imaging and Breast Centers. While the health system already offers digital mammography at its Roanoke and Salem sites, it will soon be installed at its Blacksburg, Pulaski, Daleville, and Alleghany locations.
“With all of our facilities being 100 percent digital, it gives the physicians the ability to instantaneously share images if they need a second opinion to ensure our patients always receive the most accurate diagnosis quickly,” said Victor E. Giovanetti, President, LewisGale Regional Health System. “This is just one more example of our commitment to offer some of the most-advanced technology available.”
Screenings performed with digital mammography have several advantages for patients including quicker exams with real-time images that can be displayed in seconds. Digital mammograms take as little as half the time of film. The images are also clear and offer a better view of the breast, especially near the skin line, chest wall and in women with dense breast tissue.
Same- or next-day appointments will often be available at the following facilities for digital mammography with results ready by onsite board-certified radiologists within 24 hours.
- LewisGale Imaging Center Montgomery (coming February 28), 540-953-5131
- LewisGale Imaging Center Daleville (coming February 28), 540-776-4983
- LewisGale Hospital Pulaski (coming March 14), 540-994-8509
- LewisGale Women’s Center Alleghany (coming March 23), 540-862-6878
- LewisGale Breast Center Salem (offering digital mammography), 540-776-4983
- LewisGale Imaging Center Brambleton (offering digital mammography), 540-283-3700
“In general, we recommend women age 40 and older get annual breast screenings,” said Jolene Henshaw, M.D., a General Surgeon with LewisGale who specializes in breast surgery. “Our goal is to find your cancer as small as possible. The smaller the cancer the less treatment you will need and the better your chances of survival.”
An estimated 226,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
About LewisGale Regional Health System
LewisGale Regional Health System includes 38 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with nearly 700 physicians, including 135 employed providers and 550 independent physicians. With 3100 employees, its annual payroll is $220.5 million. The system also paid $33 million in taxes and provided more than $86 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2010 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with more than 13,000 employees. For more information see www.lewisgale.com.