Published on May 05, 2010

Baptist DeSoto Becomes First in County to Offer Digital Mammography

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - With the installation of a new mammography system, Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto's Women's Center is now the first breast imaging facility in DeSoto County to offer digital mammography.

"Digital mammography provides many benefits, and we're pleased to offer it to our community", said Robin Simpson, director of radiology at Baptist DeSoto.  "From the patient's perspective, the procedure is the same as for a conventional film mammogram, but patients can get their results faster. The advanced technology helps make screenings more convenient, effective and efficient for our patients, and providing quality care is our top priority."

Digital mammography, a mammogram that uses new detection technologies and computers instead of film, was found in a landmark clinical study of more than 42,000 women to be better than film-screen mammography in detecting breast cancer in three groups: women younger than 50, pre- and peri-menopausal women and women with dense breasts. Digital mammograms are 15 percent more accurate among women younger than 50 or not yet in menopause, and 11 percent more accurate among women with dense breasts.

Baptist DeSoto is a 339-bed hospital that offers diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. In 2001, the hospital completed an expansion project that nearly doubled its size, expanded its labor and delivery services and added open-heart surgery and radiation therapy. In April 2001, the Baptist DeSoto Outpatient Diagnostic Center and Women's Center opened, which houses DeSoto County's first open MRI, mammography services and other diagnostic tools. In November 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened a new, 11-story tower, featuring all-private rooms, expanded operating suites and a new emergency room. For more information about Baptist DeSoto, please call 662-772-4000 or visit

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