Mammography/3D Mammography

mammography

Mammography is a safe, low-dose x-ray of the breast(s). Mammography, along with breast self-examination, is the best defense against breast cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment saves thousands of lives annually.

There are two kinds of mammograms: screening and diagnostic. Screening mammograms involve two x-ray views of each breast. In the event an area of concern is identified, the patient may be called back for special additional views.

Diagnostic mammograms require more views and are usually indicated in situations where patients have had prior breast surgery, implants or fibrocystic disease. In either exam, screening or diagnostic, the breasts will be temporarily and gently compressed in order to obtain the best possible image.

Cleared by the FDA in 2011, 3D mammography—or digital breast tomosynthesis—is a recent and significant innovation in breast imaging. Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated that adding tomosynthesis to a screening mammogram increases the cancer detection rate by up to 40% and significantly lowers recall rates.

Preparation

Mammograms are brief; usually no more than 20 minutes in duration. There is no advance preparation other than to refrain from using any deodorant, powder or lotion on the breasts or under the arms on the day of your exam. Patients should also wear a 2-piece outfit so that they only need to remove their top in the room. Lastly, they should bring in the name of the facility where your previous mammograms have been performed, should they be needed for comparison.

If you are pregnant, please tell your doctor or a patient representative before your test.

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