What is Digital Mammography?
Digital mammography directs a low dose X-ray through the breast, exposing patients to very little radiation while finding potentially invasive cancers.
Specially designed digital detectors produce a detailed image that is displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor. Most women begin annual mammogram screenings by age 40. If a screening identifies an area of concern, the radiologist may request a diagnostic digital mammogram. The radiologist will then review the area of concern in more detail and make an appropriate recommendation to you. If we have your prior images available, you should receive your results within 24 to 48 hours. Insurance companies cover Screening Digital Mammograms 100% with no out-of-pocket cost to you.
How Does It Detect Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer, the uncontrolled growth of cells in the breast, is the most common type of cancer among women, excluding skin cancer. Each year in the United States, nearly 230,000 (source NCI) women and 2300 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life. If your mother, sister, or daughter had breast cancer, your chances of getting it are greater. However, four out of five women who get breast cancer have no history of it in their family. The most effective way to detect breast cancer in its early stages is a program of monthly breast self-examination, annual examination by your doctor, and annual digital mammography. Annual digital mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt.