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Who should get a mammogram?
Mammograms are highly recommended for women age 40 and up by the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, Society of Breast Imaging and the National Cancer institute.If your family has a history of breast cancer, consult a physician regarding the best time to start as it may be sooner.
How often should I get a mammogram?
You should receive a screening mammogram on an annual basis as recommended by the American College of Radiology, Society of Breast imaging and the American Cancer Society.
How long should my mammogram take?
We should have you in and out in approximately 30 minutes although you may want to plan for an hour.
How long should my biopsy take?
We should have you in and out in approximately 90 minutes.
Why should I do a monthly self breast exam?
Regular self breast exams help you to know how your breasts normally feel and look, so you can notice any changes.
Is there anything I can do to improve my breast health?
Yes, regular exercise has shown to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
What insurance do you accept?
We accept most major medical although you may want to click here for a current list.
What is the mammo pad? Why don’t you use it on every patient?
The mammo pad is a thin cushion that is placed on the bottom paddle of the machine. We did a week long trial and found that patients did not notice a difference in the exams. Because the compression comes from the top paddle and not the bottom paddle where the pad is placed, they found that it didn’t help very much.
Why can’t I wear deodorant or powder the day of my mammogram?
Many deodorants contain a material in them which can leave tiny deposits on the skin. These deposits can look like micro-calcifications, which is one of the early signs of breast cancer. You would hate to have a radiologist read your mammogram films, see suspicious micro-calcifications, call you back for additional images, only to find out your deodorant was to blame! You should also avoid perfumes and powders in the breast and underarm area for the same reason.
Does getting a digital mammogram mean that I am not exposed to radiation?
No, radiation is still used to create the image. Digital means that the image appears on the computer screen instead of on film. Although, it does take less radiation to create a digital film than a x-ray film.
I don’t have any family history of Breast Cancer; do I still need a mammogram every year?
YES! The majority of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer.
What is digital mammography? How is it different from conventional mammography?
Both digital and conventional mammography use radiation to produce an image of the breast. Conventional mammography stores the image directly on film, and digital mammography is an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer. This allows the recorded information to be enhanced, magnified, or manipulated for further evaluation.
Because digital mammography allows a radiologist to electronically adjust, store, and retrieve digital images, digital mammography may offer the following advantages over conventional mammography:
Health care providers can share image files electronically, making long-distance consultations with other mammography specialists easier.
Subtle differences between normal and abnormal tissues may be more easily noted.
Fewer repeat images may be needed, reducing the exposure to radiation.
A large clinical trial was done that compared digital mammography to conventional mammography. These findings showed no difference between digital and film mammograms in detecting breast cancer in the general population of women in the trial. However, the researchers concluded that women with dense breasts who are pre or peri menopausal or who are younger than age 50 may benefit from having a digital rather than a film mammogram.
Digital mammography can be done only in facilities that are certified to practice conventional mammography and have received FDA approval to offer digital mammography. The procedure for having a mammogram with a digital system is the same as with conventional mammography.
When was digital mammography approved by the FDA?
In January 2000, the FDA approved the use of digital mammography in the United States.