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What is Mammography?
Mammography is a type of procedure that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine the tissue of the breasts. Mammography is used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms and as a diagnostic tool to detect and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge, or when an initial screening mammogram reveals an abnormality or suspicious area. We provide both screening and diagnostic digital mammograms.
Mammography plays a vital role in the early detection of breast cancer, and can oftentimes detect a lump in the breast before it can be felt. Annual mammograms are recommended by the American Cancer Society for women who are 40 or more years of age, or women at high risk for breast cancer, including those with a family history.
3D Mammography Is Here
This innovative new technology, Tomosynthesis, allows doctors to see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible to help ﬁnd breast cancer at its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. And, it has been proven to reduce the need for follow-up breast exams.
3D captures multiple slices of the breast, all at different angles. The images are brought together to reate a crystal-clear 3D reconstruction of the breast. The radiologist is then able to review the reconstruction, one thin slice at a time, almost like turning pages in a book. That makes it easier for doctors to see if there’s anything to be concerned about. And, there’s less chance for a cancer to hide behind overlapping tissue.
Preparing for a Mammogram
- On the day of your mammogram, you should not wear any deodorant, talc, or powder deodorants to avoid artifacts that may mimic breast disease.
- Wear comfortable and loose-fitting two-piece clothing without metal such as snaps, zippers, or belt buckles that can reduce image quality.
- Limit metal jewelry as it may interfere with image quality.
- Patients who may be pregnant should inform the technologist prior to the exam.
- Benign breast conditions
- Breast Cancer
Types of Mammography
- Digital Screening
- Digital Diagnostic
During and After a Mammogram
Normally, two images are taken of each breast by the technologist. Each breast will be positioned and then a compression paddle operated by the technologist will compress the breast for imaging. While two pictures are generally captured of each breast, it is fairly common for additional images to be taken or for you to be asked to return to Radiology & Imaging for additional images to ensure a thorough examination has been completed.
Once an exam is complete, the detailed images of the breast tissue will be reviewed by a radiologist. A report generated by the radiologist will be forwarded to your physician. Your physician will discuss the findings of your mammogram with you.