Full Field Digital Mammography
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women 40 and over have a yearly screening mammogram. A screening mammogram is done on women who are asymptomatic, i.e. not currently experiencing any breast problem or symptoms such as nipple discharge, lump, or pain in the breast. This exam consists of two images of both breasts in order to detect abnormalities that might indicate the presence of breast cancer.
Patients might be recalled for additional imaging of the breasts depending on what the radiologist sees on the mammogram. A physician’s order is not necessary for screening mammogram. However, any treatment should be reported to your primary care physician or OB-Gyn. We ask that patients supply us with a physician’s name to send their report.
With the technology of digital mammography, images are obtained faster and can be manipulated to help identify abnormalities in the breast that might otherwise be missed on conventional mammograms.
Diagnostic mammogram is performed on a patient who presents with a clinical complaint in the breast, such as a lump, pain, or discharge from the nipple. A physician referral is required for all diagnostic mammograms.
During the course of any mammogram, it is important to obtain good quality images. This is achieved by allowing the technologist to compress your breast; allowing the breast tissue to be spread out which can facilitate identifying abnormalities. However, the technologist will work closely with you to reach the level of compression that you can tolerate. The breast compression only lasts for seconds.