Digital Mammography

Mammography Services

Screening Mammogram Implant Mammogram (We accept self-referral patients)
Diagnostic Mammogram Unilateral Mammogram

What is Mammography?

A Mammogram is a procedure that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine the tissue of the breasts. Digital mammography is redefining the way women's healthcare is delivered. It provides better imaging, a lower dose of radiation and magnified computer images. Digital mammography images are captured directly on electronic format (instead of on film like a standard mammogram) and viewable on a computer screen within 8-10 seconds. They are stored on the computer and therefore their magnification,brightness. darkness or contrast can be ‘enhanced' after the mammogram is complete to help the doctor more clearly see certain areas. The digital images can also be transmitted electronically for viewing or consultation.

What are some common uses of the procedure?

The key role of mammography is to be used as a screening tool to detect breast cancer in its early stages, when women experience no symptoms, often a year or two before it is large enough to be felt by your healthcare provider. Mammography detects about 2-3 times as many early breast cancers as a physical examination. It is also used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge. Annual mammograms are recommended by the American Cancer Society for women who are 40 or more years of age. or women at high-risk for breast cancer, including those with a family history.

How should I prepare for the procedure?

Patients scheduled for a mammogram should not wear any deodorant on the day of the exam and wash to remove any talc or powder deodorants prior to the procedure. Wear comfortable and loose-fitting two-piece clothing with no metal such as snaps, zippers or belt buckles that can reduce image quality. Limit metal jewelry for the same reasons. Patients who may be pregnant should inform the Technologist prior to the exams.

How is the Procedure performed?

Normally, two images are taken of each breast by a Technologist. Each breast will be firmly positioned between two plates on the mammography equipment. While two pictures are generally captured of each breast, it is fairly common for additional images to be captured or for a woman to be asked to return for more imaging to ensure a thorough examination has been completed.

What will I experience during the procedure?

Breast compression may cause some discomfort for a brief time during each x-ray. but it should not be painful. If you have sensitive breasts. schedule your mammogram at a time of the month when your breasts will be less tender. In general, the week after a period is when breasts are less tender.