A new high tech tool available only at Moffitt Cancer Center's South Tampa outpatient location, allows you to have a mammogram with half the radiation dose of a regular mammogram.
Moffitt Cancer Center doctors say this is the only machine in the entire Southeastern United States to deliver a high resolution, crystal clear digital image with low dose radiation.
Dr. Chris Flowers, director of Breast Imaging and Research at Moffitt, says this new MicroDose technology has been used in Europe for years and is perfect for younger women with a family history, as well as for women with dense breasts who worry about radiation exposure.
Dr. Flowers says earlier detection with less radiation is the best option for women.
The MicroDose mammogram is only offered at Moffitt's outpatient facility near International Plaza. It is typically covered by insurance.
According to Dr. Flowers, "It is cutting edge technology that has proven itself in Europe, and I feel great about offering my patients the lowest possible radiation dose without having to sacrifice image quality."
This new, high tech mammography machine has been used throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan for about seven years.
According to Dr. Flowers, breast tissue images using MicroDose are delivered at a 50 micron pixel size, which is two times higher than that of some other full field digital mammography systems. This helps doctors better evaluate potential areas of concern, including barely visible changes in breast tissue.
MicroDose is available at Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza, 4101 Jim Walter Blvd. To schedule a screening mammogram appointment, call (813) 745-1600.