Jackson County Regional Health Center Introduces Digital Mammography
Jackson County Regional Health Center will be introducing digital mammography to Maquoketa and the Jackson County region later this year.
Hospital administration also said Thursday at the Board of Trustees meeting that the hospital has hired Invision Architecture and KJWW Engineering to conduct a facilities analysis of Jackson County Regional Health Center.
The facilities analysis will assist hospital administration with developing a long-range plan for future needs and the most efficient use for the space of Jackson County Regional Health Center.
The facilities analysis will result in a document that will have the following data:
- Code compliance issues
- Age of systems and remaining life expectancies
- Operational issues
- Efficiency issues
- Prioritized list of corrections and upgrades
- Cost estimates for corrections and upgrades
Cost of the architectural and engineering analysis will be $29,593. A final report is scheduled to be completed by May 25.
"Health care needs have significantly shifted over the years. The changes are still happening and will continue,'' said Curt Coleman, Administrator, Jackson County Regional Health Center. "To make good, long-range plans and address our infrastructure needs appropriately, we need a document that will describe our current assets, their condition, and a prioritized guide for future decisions.''
Women in Maquoketa and the Jackson County region will have access to the latest screening tool for the early detection of breast cancer when Jackson County Regional Health Center introduces digital mammography this summer.
The state-of-the-art machine will mean quicker exams and less need for second exams or retakes. The machine also emits a lower level of radiation than traditional film mammography.
The primary benefit of digital mammography compared to film mammography is that digital images can be enhanced to provide better visualization. Digital mammography can assist in early detection of breast cancer.
Digital mammography does not change the actual examination. Compression of the breast is still necessary for the most accurate images.
Jackson County Regional Health Center is investing $250,000 in the move to digital mammography.
"We are pleased to be able to offer this updated service to women served by Jackson County Regional Health Center,'' said Coleman. "Digital mammography gives radiologists the opportunity to spot cancers at an earlier stage for some women.''
For three groups of women, digital mammography has been found to be more accurate in identifying breast cancers.
A 2005 New England Journal of Medicine study involving 43,000 women in the United States and Canada found:
- Digital mammography is 15 percent more accurate than standard film X-rays for women younger than 50 years old.
- Digital mammography is 15 percent more accurate for pre-menopausal, or perimenopausal women.
An advantage of digital mammography for doctors and technicians is that the mammogram images are available for evaluation almost immediately on a computer screen. The images can also enhanced and are easily shared and transmitted between physician offices.
Jackson County Regional Health Center has been serving as the county's only hospital since opening in 1950. It was founded as the result of a community vision to create a modern, full-service hospital to meet the needs of Jackson County residents and the surrounding area. That vision holds true today as JCRHC strives to meet the ever changing needs of the people it serves. Today, Jackson County Regional Health Center is a 25-bed Joint Commission accredited Critical Access Hospital offering a wide range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and community health services.
Jackson County Regional Health Center announced two important advancements Thursday in preparing the hospital for a long-term future during a period of rapid change in health care.