Digital MammographyIt is estimated that one out of eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Mammograms are X-rays of the breast, and are designed to detect early stage breast cancer in women without symptoms and to detect and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge. They have been shown to detect cancers at an earlier stage, and to increase the odds of survival from breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over 40 undergo yearly mammograms.
Digital mammography has several advantages:
- It is more effective at detecting certain cancers in younger women, or in breast tissue that may be denser.
- The images produced by digital mammograms are instantly available -- which makes the process shorter for the patient.
- Digital mammography can also make micro-calcifications and other subtle signs of early cancer earlier to see.
- The need for repeat mammograms is also greatly reduced, saving both time and needless radiation exposure.
- Finally, digital images can be easily stored, copied or transmitted without any loss of detail, eliminating the dependence on a single set of "original" films.
When preparing for your mammogram:
- Please do not wear deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion on your breasts or under your arms on the day of the exam.
- Please mention any breast symptoms or problems to your technologist.
- Please obtain prior mammograms and make them available at the time of the current exam, if possible. This allows us to provide the most accurate interpretation of your study.