Mammography at the Breast Care Center is a branch of radiology that focuses on the breast. It is used to detect breast cancer or to determine the cause of breast problems. The basic mammogram falls under two categories, diagnostic and screening mammogram. A mammogram screening is used to help detect breast cancer in women who may or may not have symptoms. A diagnostic mammogram is performed when the physician is diagnosing a problem. In this case additional images are often performed. For example, a breast ultrasound may be performed in conjunction with a mammogram. According to the American Cancer Society, one of the best detection of early breast cancer is self examination.
There are a variety of x-ray exams that fall under Mammography. To name a few, there is needle localization, galactagram, and breast biopsy. Registered technologists perform your exam. A radiologist trained to read mammograms will read the procedure. On average, there are approximately 50 exams performed at the Imaging Center with dedicated equipment.
During the procedure the breast is compressed and radiographic images are taken. This process is often uncomfortable to the patient, but is necessary.
There are several reasons why compression is important. They include but are not limited to:
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