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Mammography

Mammography

Mammography is an x-ray examination that is used as a screening procedure to aid in detecting breast disease. Our offices are accredited by the American College of Radiology. We offer digital mammography at all of our locations.

Our digital mammography units have a CAD system included. CAD refers to Computer-aided detection, which is highly advanced software that takes the mammography image and searches for suspicious areas in the breast. This system identifies areas that may require further analysis by the radiologist.

The patient experience is the same for a digital mammogram or screen film mammogram. Instead of using a hard copy film to record the image, a digital mammogram uses a detector to capture the image and covert it to digital data that is immediately available to the radiologist.

Digital mammography is remarkable technology because it enables the radiologist to manipulate and view the images on a computer to enhance visualization of the breast tissue.

Preparing for a Mammogram:

Preparing for a Mammogram:

  • On the day of the exam, avoid using deodorants or powders. These products can interfere with the mammogram by causing a false positive.
  • The patient should wear a two-piece outfit on the day of the mammogram; you will be asked to undress from the waist up and put on a gown.
  • If your previous mammogram was not performed at one our facilities it is important to bring those films with you on the day of your exam because the radiologist will need them for comparison.

Inform the Technologist if You

Inform the Technologist if You

 

  1. Are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
  2. Have breast implants
  3. Are breastfeeding
  4. Are having any breast symptoms or problems
  5. Have any moles or scars on or near your breasts


Our technologist will talk you through the exam, which should take no longer than 30 minutes. During the exam your breast will be positioned in the mammography unit. When the technologist takes the images it will be necessary for her to compress the breasts one at a time to take the clearest images possible. Compression will be done with a plastic paddle. You may feel some pressure as your breast is compressed with the paddle.

When the exam is complete the technologist will review the images with the radiologist to determine that all the necessary images have been obtained. In some cases, it may be necessary to call the patient back for additional views or possibly an ultrasound of the breast. This is not uncommon and is not cause for alarm.

One of our board certified radiologists will read the mammogram and the results will be sent to the referring physician and the patient will receive a letter in the mail regarding the results.