Mammography (mammogram) is an x-ray exam of the breast. Most mammography is done as a baseline or screening exam. This exam is useful in diagnosis of breast disease and in detection of cancer. Most breast disease is not malignant or cancerous. If cancer is present, finding it early improves your chances of being treated successfully. If you or your doctor detect the presence of a breast lump, mammography may aid in detecting other lumps or a lump in the other breast which cannot be felt yet. Mammography is the most accurate method currently available to detect breast disease when no symptoms exist.
What is the difference between a mammography screening examination and a diagnostic mammogram?
A screening is an annual examination that is a check -up when a patient is not having any problems. A diagnostic mammogram, however, is usually ordered and performed when a patient has a lump, diagnosed with breast cancer within 5 years, is having pain or nipple discharge, etc.
Digital mammography results in shorter exam times when compared to film-based mammography. The image quality of digital and analog systems is comparable, but use of digital technology offers greater image flexibility.
Our full-field digital mammography system combines the latest advances in technology with sophisticated information management capabilities to provide highly accurate and efficient mammography exams. Since the images are stored electronically, the Radiologist is able to zoom in and out, making detection much easier.
Prior to your visit:
Be sure to inform the scheduler if you have breast implants or a personal history of breast cancer. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit. You will receive an automated appointment confirmation call prior to your exam appointment.
On the day of your visit:
- Please bring a photo ID, your insurance information, portion of payment and the prescription (for diagnostic mammograms only) from your physician to your appointment. If you are having a screening mammogram, you do not need a prescription.
- We recommend you wear a two-piece outfit so that you will only need to disrobe from the waist up. Please refrain from using any deodorant, lotions, powders, perfumes, or any other products on your upper torso or arms, as they may contain minerals that interfere with the results of your study.
- It is important to notify your technologist if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently.
Following your visit:
Our radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.