|Radiology Services - Mammography
What is mammography?
Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system and high-contrast, high-resolution film for examination of the breasts. Early diagnosis dramatically increases the chance of successful breast cancer treatment. Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can detect them.
When is a mammogram indicated?
Mammography is used to diagnose breast diseases in women. Screening mammography can assist your physician in the detection of disease even if you have no complaints or symptoms.
Initial mammography images in themselves are not always enough to confirm the existence of a benign or malignant disease. If a finding seems suspicious, your radiologist may recommend further diagnostic studies.
How should I prepare for the procedure?
Do not schedule your mammogram the week before your menstrual period if your breasts are usually tender during this time. The best time is one week following your period. Inform your doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.
• Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms on the day of the exam. These can appear on the x-ray film as calcium spots.
• Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.
• If possible, obtain prior mammogram and make them available to the radiologist at the time of the current exam.
• Ask when your results will be available. Do not assume the results are normal if you do not hear from your doctor or the mammography facility.
You will be asked to remove all jewelry and clothing above the waist before the examination. You will be given a gown or loose-fitting clothes that open in the front.
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