What Is It?
Breast imaging, or mammography, uses a low-dose x-ray to examine breast tissue. These scans are non-invasive and help with the early detection of breast cancer and breast diseases in women. Breast Tomosynthesis, often referred to as 3D Mammography or Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, is a recent advancement in mammography resulting in improved cancer detection rates, a reduction in call-backs, and unnecessary biopsies, and increased specificity with clearer images. Multiple images are taken at different angles, then reconstructed into a three-dimensional view, similar to a CT scan. The radiologist can pinpoint cancer or abnormal breast tissue, including size and location, with greater accuracy.
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Breast imaging services offered:
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Breast biopsies
- Image-guided needle localization and cyst aspirations
Before your exam
Be sure to communicate any issues or family history with your physician prior to your exam. Avoid getting a mammogram in the week prior to your period, especially if your breasts are tender during this time. Refrain from wearing deodorant, talcum powder, lotion or perfume under your arms or breasts the day of the exam. As with any x-ray, inform your technician if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. Please obtain prior mammogram images if your previous studies were done elsewhere. These priors aid the radiologist in comparing and detecting changes.
for your exam
Mammograms typically last about 15 minutes although diagnostic mammograms and needle localizations may take longer. During the exam, expect your breasts to be positioned on a flat surface while a compression panel is lowered over them.