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Home » Archives » August 2009 » Thank You For The Mammography Machine

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08/19/2009: "Thank You For The Mammography Machine"


Thank you so much to all of those who had a part in bringing the new digital mammography machine to the Inter Island Medical Center! And thank you to the staff at Mount Baker Imaging.

I had my annual mammogram on our old film machine in May and because some areas were unclear, I was asked to have another done on the digital machine at Mount Baker Imaging Clinic in Bellingham.

The article states, “Digital mammograms provide greater detail than traditional film-based mammography.” After later seeing both, the difference is amazing. What was most likely only visible to the trained eye on the old film machine now shows on the digital images, clearly - even to an untrained eye. I know professionals have always read the images, but I believe there have been ‘suspicious’ areas missed in the past that will be seen with clarity on the digital images.

The article also states that “Mount Baker Imaging works to provide the highest quality, most comfortable imaging services available”. I found that to be completely true. The procedure is still an interesting experience, to put it mildly. However the use of the word “comfortable” is perfect.

I found their staff extremely friendly, comforting, attentive and sincere. From Marcy, who did the imaging here at the Medical Center to the doctors, nurses and staff at the clinic in Bellinham, it was very clear to me that they love their jobs and that because of that, they do it well. When I asked Carol a nurse there if she loved her job, she said not only do they love their work, but they are like family. The family they have formed works together well and is welcoming to visitors!

Lori L. Ronhaar
San Juan Island


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