Digital mammography with Computer Aided Detection (CAD) raises the standard of breast care in our community. Digital mammography uses specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor. CAD is used to assist in the detection of breast lesions such as microcalcifications. Digital mammography provides better visualization of dense breast tissue and calcifications, has a lower radiation dose, shorter exam time and requires less repositioning. The advanced technology can detect and diagnose breast cancer earlier and more precisely.
The American Cancer Society, Department of Health and Human Services and the American College of Radiology recommend screening mammograms every year beginning at age 40. If a patient has a strong history of breast cancer (mother or sister), than screening should start at the age of 35.
Prior films are requested to compare with your new digital mammogram. This is very helpful in determining if the pattern of breast tissue has changed over time. If your breasts are tender during menstruation, you may want to schedule your digital mammogram one week following your period.
You will be asked to undress from the waist up for the exam and a gown is provided. Do not apply deodorant, talcum powder or lotion in your chest area the morning of your mammogram as the residue may show on the digital mammogram as calcium spots. The exam will take less than 15 minutes.
The LRG board certified radiologist will study the images and provide a written report which includes a description of the findings. The report is available to your physicians within 24 hours. The report could take longer if we are waiting for studies from an outside facility for comparison. If the results are urgent your physician may acquire a preliminary report by phone.