Glossary Index

Digital Mammography

Digital Mammography is a safe, low-dose x-ray picture of the breast that allows early detection of breast cancer.

During a screening mammogram, images are taken of each breast from two angles. A diagnostic mammogram may take longer as it requires more images and different angles to rule out any abnormalities, or under special circumstances such as breast implants.

Exam preparation: Our representative will call you prior to your appointment to provide specific instructions, and review health and insurance information. Do not use deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion under your arms or near your breasts on the day of your mammogram. Wear a two-piece outfit so you will have to remove only your top. Notify a member of our staff if you are nursing of if there is a chance you could be pregnant. Bring with you the name, address, and phone number of any facility where you have had a prior mammogram and bring previous films. (The radiologist needs your previous films for comparison in order to make an accurate assessment. Failure to bring your films may result in a delay of the physician's report.) Please arrive 15 minutes early to verify your registration.

During your exam,you will be positioned in front of a special x-ray machine, warmed for your comfort. One at a time, each of your breasts are pressed momentarily between an adjustable platform and a clear plate. Some brief pressure is necessary to flatten the breast in order to get the clearest picture. The entire exam typically takes about 10-15 minutes.

After the exam, a radiologist who specializes in breast imaging will review your mammography pictures. The radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your doctor. Your doctor will consider this information in context of your overall care, and talk with you about the results.