Digital Mammography & Breast Health Services

Digital (computerized) mammography is an x-ray imaging technique developed specifically to aid in the early detection of breast cancer. Early diagnosis, most doctors and researchers agree, leads to more successful and lasting treatment. We offer additional breast health services including breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and breast MRI.

Digital mammography provides incredibly sharp, clear images of breast tissue that are instantly seen by the technologist to ensure a high quality picture.  The radiologist reviews screening mammography images in a controlled environment to minimize interruptions or distraction.  Careful study is made of each image, including the use of Computer Aided Detection, to evaluate abnormalities or changes from prior years.

Screening Mammograms:  Screening—or routine—mammography is a low-dose x-ray examination of the breasts that is typically recommended for women annually beginning at the age of 40.  The images that result from annual screening mammograms allow our radiologists to determine if there are any changes in the breast and detect suspicious tissue up to two years before it may be felt by you or your doctor.

The goal of screening mammography is to detect potential abnormalities before a woman has overt signs or symptoms of breast cancer.  If breast cancer is detected at a smaller size and earlier stage, there is a better chance for effective treatment.

What to expect:  When you arrive for your screening mammogram, you can expect a fairly quick procedure.  You’ll be shown to your dressing room, given a chance to change and then your mammogram will be performed by one of our dedicated technologists.  A series of 3D images as well as 2D images will be performed of each breast.  This procedure usually takes less than 20 minutes.

Your results:  Screening mammograms are reviewed by the radiologist under ideal viewing conditions with minimal interruptions and distractions; therefore, you will not meet with the physician at the time of your screening examination.  If a potential abnormality is detected, you will receive a phone call from us within three to five business days to schedule a diagnostic mammogram.  If no potential abnormality is detected, you will receive a letter in the mail within a week indicating your results.  It is important to know that if you are “called back” for a diagnostic mammogram, it does not necessarily mean that you have cancer.

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