Advanced Digital Mammography

At Holy Spirit Hospital, we use the latest digital technology to perform lifesaving mammograms, because the more we can see, the better we can treat our patients.

High-Tech Equipment in Highly Skilled Hands

Digital mammograms are performed using state-of-the-art technology at Holy Spirit Hospital and 10 convenient outpatient imaging locations. All Holy Spirit imaging locations are accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the FDA. In addition, the Holy Spirit Camp Hill Center is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

What is Digital Mammography?

A mammogram is a procedure used to detect abnormalities of the breast. A digital mammogram is very similar to a traditional mammogram. The difference is that digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors instead of x-ray film to produce a clear, high-resolution image that appears on a monitor within seconds.

Advantages of Digital Mammography

Digital mammography has several advantages over traditional mammography:

  • No waiting for film to develop, which means your time at appointments may be shorter.
  • The physician can easily manipulate the image to adjust brightness and contrast and zoom in on specific areas.
  • Fewer retakes due to over- or under-exposure, saving time and reducing your exposure to x-rays.
  • Digital images can be quickly stored, copied and shared electronically.

Diagnostic vs. Screening Mammogram: What’s the Difference?

Screening Mammogram

A screening mammogram is the standard two-view mammogram that most women get routinely every year after the age of forty. This type of mammogram involves taking two views of the breasts - from top to bottom and from side to side. A screening mammogram is done as a routine screening test when the breasts are normal on exam and should never be used when there's a lump or other abnormality felt on breast exam.

Diagnostic Mammogram

When a lump is found during breast exam, or when a screening mammogram shows a suspicious area, another study called a diagnostic mammogram is done. With diagnostic mammograms, additional views are taken so the abnormal area can be better visualized, and its exact size, location and other characteristics can be determined. A diagnostic mammogram will take a little longer to complete than a screening one because of the additional views.

When Do You Need a Mammogram?

According to the American Cancer Society, women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

Convenient Locations and Hours

CAMP HILL

Holy Spirit Camp Hill Center, 875 Poplar Church Road
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

Holy Spirit Women’s Imaging Center, 875 Poplar Church Road, Suite 100 Lower Level
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

The Ortenzio Heart Center at Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st Street
(MRI and Nuclear Cardiology are located on the ground floor – at the 21st Street entrance)
Hours: (MRI available) Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

CARLISLE

Holy Spirit Carlisle Center, 1211 Forge Road
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

DILLSBURG

Holy Spirit Dillsburg Center, 126 W. Church Street
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

DUNCANNON

Holy Spirit Duncannon Center, 51 Business Campus Way
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

HARRISBURG

Holy Spirit Progress Center, 20 Capital Drive
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MECHANICSBURG

Holy Spirit Cancer Center, 880 Century Drive
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holy Spirit Mechanicsburg Center, 4665 Trindle Road
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Holy Spirit Silver Creek Center, 335 Lambs Gap Road
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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