At Premier Radiology, we perform and interpret Mammography scans for all of our locations. Our physicians are the only full time breast imaging team in the area. We are also a part of the physician referral service at Borgess Health.
Your doctor may recommend a Mammogram for one of the following reasons:
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 feel them. Research has shown that annual mammograms (beginning at the age of 40) lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are most curable and breast-conservation therapies are available.
Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical findings-such as a breast lump or lumps-that have been found by the patient or physician. Diagnostic mammography may also be done after an abnormal screening mammography in order to evaluate the area of concern on the screening exam.
What is Mammography?
Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
Before scheduling your mammogram, inform your doctor of any prior surgeries, hormone use and family or personal history of breast cancer. Do not schedule your mammogram for the week before your period if your breasts are usually tender during this time. The best time for a mammogram is one week following your period.
How should I prepare for my Mammogram?
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends you:
What type of equipment is used for a Mammogram?
A mammography unit is a rectangular box that houses the tube in which x-rays are produced. The unit is used exclusively for x-ray exams of the breast, with special accessories that allow only the breast to be exposed to the x-rays. Attached to the unit is a device that holds and compresses the breast and positions it so images can be obtained at different angles.
During mammography, a specially qualified radiologic technologist will position your breast in the mammography unit. Your breast will be placed on a special platform and compressed with a paddle (often made of clear Plexiglas or other plastic). The technologist will gradually compress your breast. You will be asked to change positions between images. The routine views are a top-to-bottom view and an oblique side view. The process will be repeated for the other breast. You must hold very still while the x-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility of a blurred image. The examination process should take about 30 minutes.
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