Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Mary ReyesMary Reyes, 46, doesn't think twice about driving 35 minutes to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth for her annual mammogram because her doctor — who she's been seeing for 24 years — is on staff at the medical center.

In October 2010, the Garfield Park resident had her third mammogram performed at the medical center. Although she was reluctant to have the diagnostic test because of the pain from previous exams, she was very pleased with the new digital mammography equipment, which became available in July.

New Equipment More Comfortable
"The suite is beautiful — I love it," said Reyes, 46, about the three private changing areas, lockers and waiting area. "It (the test) was a lot more comfortable than last time." The design of the new digital machines is more patient friendly — meaning the corners of the machine are not as sharp as previous equipment. Reyes definitely noticed a difference.

The new digital mammography system provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film. The suite features two new machines and a private, comfortable setting for patients. The new suite also is handicap-accessible. The medical center's mammography service is accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Only 15 Minutes for Screening
"It was a good experience," said Reyes, who delivered two of her three children at the medical center. "I was in and out fast for the mammogram — about 15 minutes." Parking was convenient across the street.

Reyes said she received a letter indicating the mammogram results were fine. "I would definitely recommend it (new digital mammography equipment). It was a routine mammogram — I was so pleased."

The American Cancer Society recommends that women 40 and older have a screening mammogram each year. Early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer. For patient convenience, mammogram scheduling is available seven days per week. Routine mammogram appointments can be scheduled within two days. A doctor's order is required.

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