What is the procedure?
Digital mammography is the latest technological
advance in the fight against breast cancer. A mammogram is a low dose
x-ray of the breasts.
mammography images are electronically converted
to be displayed on a computer screen where they can be manipulated
by the radiologist. The radiologist can magnify, lighten, darken, and in general
optimize visualization of the breast tissue. This often eliminates
the need for additional images which can further reduce x-ray dose and
shortens the exam time. In addition,
a computer-aided detection system is used to help improve breast
cancer detection. The computer is programmed to mark potentially
suspicious areas in the breasts. Mammograms
are still the most effective method of breast cancer detection
at the earliest most treatable stage.
The day of the exam:
Do not use deodorant, perfume or powder on
underarms or breasts the day of the exam. If your previous mammogram
was performed elsewhere, please bring these images with you on
the day of the exam. This often eliminates the need for additional
During the exam:
Your breast will be compressed during the exam
to get the clearest picture with the lowest x-ray dose.