Mammography remains the gold standard for screening for detecting breast
cancer. Many breast centers still use analog mammograms, meaning the images
are printed on film. However, we combine the experience of highly trained
technologists, and dedicated radiologists with the latest digital mammography
and technologies to better serve our patients’ needs.
Screening Mammograms vs. Diagnostic Mammograms
It is important that you understand the difference between a screening
mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram
Screening mammograms - Annual screening mammograms are recommended for women who are 40 years
or older, or for younger women with specific risk factors for breast cancer.
You don’t have to have any signs or symptoms of a breast abnormality
in order to receive a screening; they are used for the early detection
of breast cancer and other breast health issues. Eighty percent of tumors
found during a mammogram are benign.
Diagnostic mammograms - You will be referred for this type of mammogram if you have a breast mass
or other breast abnormality (found during a
breast self-exam or by your physician), or if you have other symptoms of changing breast
tissue. All diagnostic procedures require a physician’s order.
After your mammogram, a radiologist who specializes in breast imaging will
read your mammogram and notify your physician of the results. The results
will also be mailed directly to you.
Additional procedures after a mammogram
Nationally, approximately five to 15 percent of women who have a screening
mammogram will be called back for additional imaging. If you are asked
to return for another screening, it is important to remain calm. Additional
imaging usually results in benign findings. Should the need arise, we
have a dedicated breast nurse who is uniquely qualified to answer your
Additional procedures may include:
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)