Digital Mammography

A mammogram is special low-dose X-ray of the breast. Our radiologist uses the images to detect breast cancer, ideally as early as two years before a lump can be felt. Digital mammography has become the gold standard for breast cancer screening and is one of the most recent advances for breast cancer detection. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammographies every year for women, beginning at age 40.

Request your digital mammogram for all the right reasons:

  • A digital mammography exam usually takes less than half the time of traditional film-based exam, and there’s less of a chance you’ll be called back to retake your images.
  • Your physician will gain viewing options never before possible with the unique ability to enhance certain areas to get a more precise picture of your condition.
  • Your breast images can be zoomed in and out, and the contrast can be lightened or darkened. Also, through an inverting feature, black can reverse to white and white can change to black. This feature helps detect microcalcifications, which is like revealing a grain of salt in a ball of clay. All these image enhancements help improve diagnostic potential – and can be accomplished without your presence in the room.
  • Digital images give better visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line, chest wall and in women with dense breast tissue. Also, digital images are helpful for women with implants and for imaging patients with known abnormalities.

Screening Mammogram
If performed annually as recommended, screening mammography is the key to detecting breast cancer early and saving lives. Women who are 40 years of age and older with no symptoms of breast disease should schedule their screening mammogram appointments annually.
A physician referral is not required for this exam, however, the physician can request that the patient be seen in office prior to
the exam.

Diagnostic Mammogram
While a screening mammogram is encouraged each year for women who do not have significant breast symptoms, a physician may order a diagnostic mammogram if the patient is experiencing a worrisome lump, changes in the breast skin, pain, nipple discharge, or if they have a personal history of breast cancer. Diagnostic mammography may also be performed if the screening mammogram demonstrates a possible abnormality. The type and number of mammographic views taken will be customized to the patient’s situation. A diagnostic mammogram is not considered a preventive care service by most insurance companies. This exam may be subject to deductibles and co-insurance, so we suggest the patient contact their insurance provider with coverage questions. There is no preparation for
this exam.

These exams are performed at all of our locations.