Digital Mammography - Breast Imaging with Less Radiation and Exposure.

What is Digital Mammography?

Digital mammography was first available to women in the US in 2000. Unlike conventional mammography, digital mammography sends the X-ray image to a detector rather than film. This detector then sends the acquired image to a computer processor. Digital mammography has proven to diagnose more breast cancers in women who have dense breast tissue and those who are pre-menopausal.

Digital mammography uses less radiation and for some women the workstation can produce images that would have required an additional exposure.

Mammography is the most accurate screening tool in the early detection of breast cancer.

What is CAD?

Computer-aided detection (CAD) is a computer that helps the Radiologist identify abnormalities in the breast. CAD reviews the digital image and will mark the suspect areas for the Radiologist's further review. CAD can be thought of as a second set of eyes when reviewing your mammogram.

What should I expect?

Your technologist will take two views from the top and then two from the side of your breast. Women who have implants will require additional views. Your breast will be compressed during the exposure between two plates. This step is very important, by compressing breast tissue to a uniform thickness, the image is more uniform and there is less likelihood that structures in the breast will overlap. The time the breast is compressed is very brief. On occasion the radiologist will ask the technologist to do additional views of your breast to better visualize breast tissue.

After the exam, our Radiologist will review the images. If there is a questionable finding they may recommend your physician order ultrasound or MRI to access the questionable area.

How should I prepare?

If you experience monthly breast tenderness, we recommend that you schedule your visit during a less painful time of the month. We recommend that you do not use deodorant or talc prior to your visit.

How do I get the results?

After your study is complete one of our TRG radiologists will evaluate your study and report the findings to your physician. Once your physician has your results they will compare them with their clinical findings to develop your care plan.

Your Digital Mammogram procedure can be performed at: