“A few years ago, my best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer at a very young age. Her experience gave me courage to raise awareness about breast cancer. I encourage women to get their annual mammograms and to talk with their doctors if they feel something isn’t right. Never discount your instinct. Early detection through mammography can save lives.
“I’m an advocate and fundraiser for breast cancer in hopes to one day find a cure. I want to keep my daughter and her generation safe from this disease.” - Denise Wotton, Owner of High Performance Hair & Tanning and her daughter, Taylor
The new Selenia machine will provide clearer images and improved reviewing tools. Because of this, patient exams will be shorter and there will be fewer call backs for further testing. The machine includes a MammoPad® Breast Cushion which facilitates muscle relaxation by cushioning muscles and also radiates warmth. Tilting paddles automatically conform to the natural contours of the body for a more comfortable procedure. Now patients can enjoy the most advanced equipment available without having to travel.
Digital mammophraphy services are provided weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PVH is equipped to perform routine screenings as well as diagnostic exams and needle localization procedures. PVH’s Mammography facility is ACR (American College of Radiology) accredited and FDA certified.
PVH offers the latest in mammography screening technology with brand new equipment purchased in February 2012. Selenia digital mammography is shown in the photo to the right. Selenia incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp images. Mammography images appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds, there is no waiting for film to develop, which means less time in the breast imaging suite for patients.
PVH is also one of the only facilities in the state to offer a high definition Digitizer which converts past analog films into digital images that are easier to read and allow for better comparison from year to year.
The American Cancer Society recommends you begin getting regular mammograms by the time you area 40. It’s especially important to get a mammogram every year starting at age 50. Finding breast cancer early can save your life. If you need help paying for a breast exam, call the Maine Breast & Cervical Health Program toll free at (800) 350-5180.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What does ACR accreditation mean?
· Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.
· Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform medical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
· Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
What does the gold seal mean?
When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.What should I know about radiation safety?
Before your imaging procedure be sure to ask your physician the following questions:
· Why is the test needed?
· How will having the test improve my care?
· Are there alternatives that do not use radiation and deliver similar results?
· Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?
· Are pediatric and adult tests delivered using the appropriate radiation doses?
Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?
When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety. Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.
To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility's personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It's important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.