Mammograms are a specialized imaging test that uses low-dose radiation to capture x-rays of the breast. They are used as a preventative technique to screen for breast cancer in women. These screenings can also be diagnostic for women who present a lump or another sign of the disease.
It is advised that women age 40 or older receive mammograms each year in order to reduce their risk of suffering breast cancer. If you have a family history of breast cancer it is important that you speak with your physician about scheduling a mammogram screening earlier as well as inquire about the genetic implications. Mammograms are the best form of early detection for the presence of a suspicious mass.
At the Breast Center at The Longstreet Clinic, P.C., all mammograms are performed utilizing digital technology which provides better pictures with a lower radiation dose. Along with Computer-aided detection (CAD), the radiologist is able to search the digitized mammographic images for abnormalities.
Screening Mammograms are performed by compressing the breast in a dedicated mammography unit, designed to assess the tissue. While receiving regular mammograms cannot reduce the chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer, it can help detect malignant tumors sooner.
Diagnostic mammograms are more in-depth than screening mammograms as they require more images to evaluate the breast tissue from several vantage points. Diagnostic mammograms can magnify an area to provide more detailed images, which allows the physician make more accurate decisions. These may be ordered by your physician if you have implants, dense breast tissue or have been previously diagnosed with cancer.
Diagnostic mammograms can only be performed under the supervision of a radiologist. We have radiologists on duty at TLC’s women-only Breast Center, conveniently located on our campus.
Schedule your mammogram screening at a time that is convenient for you. Whether it is before work, during lunch, with an existing appointment or after work, The Breast Center is open Monday through Friday at 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 a.m. We are NOW offering extended hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 6:30 p.m.