Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Digital Mammography


Mercy - Forest Park Imaging Services has been awarded accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, demonstrating accreditation in  mammography stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Breast Imaging Center of Excellence accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) recognizes facilities that are dedicated to improving women's health by participating in rigorous quality assurance programs.

Mercy - Forest Park Imaging Service's commitment to breast health excellence continues to be demonstrated by the voluntary accreditation in all of the related specialty areas.  Each method for the detection of  breast abnormalities is important for diagnosis and effective treatment.

By ensuring that the staff and equipment are meeting the standards of excellence set forth nationwide, we can be confident in delivering safe, accurate and effective care for our patients.

Digital Mammography
Mercy first announced that it was going "digital" with mammography in 2008. Mammography is the only method proven to decrease death from breast cancer. Digital mammography shows great promise in giving women the edge in fighting this disease. Research has proven digital mammography offers many significant advantages over conventional film mammography, including:

  • Fewer false diagnoses of potential cancer among young women, which lead to unnecessary biopsies, increased costs, and needless anxiety;
  • Significant reductions in time required for screening and diagnostic procedures;
  • Improves breast cancer detection in women under 50 and women with dense breast tissue.

Breast cancer is one of the most serious threats to women and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 30 and 55. One of eight women will develop breast cancer, as it is the second most common form of cancer among women in the United States, next to skin cancer. Currently, Mercy - Forest Park Imaging Services diagnoses three to five new cases of breast cancer each week and provides approximately 12,200 screening and diagnostic mammograms each year to 10,000 different women.

For more information about digital mammography call 641-428-5155