PREPARING FOR YOUR DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY VISIT
- Please wash all deodorant and/or powder off the breast and underarms prior to your exam. Please also refrain from wearing lotions and perfumes, or any other products on your upper torso as they may contain minerals that interfere with the results of your study. We recommend you wear a two-piece outfit so that you will only need to disrobe from the waist up. If your previous films are not available the day of your exam, the reading of the mammogram will be delayed. Please notify your technologist if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently.
Following Your Visit
- Our Radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you. We will send you a reminder card in one year.
What is mammography?
Mammography (mammogram) is an X-ray exam of the breast. Most mammography is done as a baseline or screening exam. This exam is useful in diagnosis of breast disease and in detection of cancer. Most breast disease is not malignant or cancerous. If cancer is present, finding it early improves your chances of being treated successfully. If you or your doctor detect the presence of a breast lump, Mammography may aid in detecting other lumps or a lump in the other breast which cannot be felt yet.
Why We Use Digital Mammography
- Conventional film mammography has been around since the 1960s. At the El Mirador Imaging Center, we have our replaced our equipment with the new digital technology now available on the marketplace. Digital mammography provides several benefits over standard mammography. With digital mammography, the images can be enlarged and manipulated on the computer screen, making abnormalities more visible. The dose of radiation is lower for the patient and there are fewer callbacks for retakes as the technologists are able to view the pictures almost instantly.
Screening Mammogram vs. a Diagnostic Mammogram
- A screening is an annual examination that is a check -up when a patient is not having any problems. A diagnostic mammogram, however, is usually ordered and performed when a patient has a lump, diagnosed with breast cancer within 5 years, is having pain or nipple discharge, etc. Digital mammography results in shorter exam times when compared to film-based mammography. The image quality of digital and analog systems is comparable, but use of digital technology offers greater image flexibility. Our full-field digital mammography system combines the latest advances in technology with sophisticated information management capabilities to provide highly accurate and efficient mammography exams. Since the images are stored electronically, the Radiologist is able to zoom in and out, making detection much easier.