You know early breast cancer detection is essential. It’s important you feel confident in the screening you receive. Talk with your doctor about digital mammography’s enhanced quality and accuracy.
How does a digital mammogram work? As far as your experience, all mammograms are very much alike. You’ll most likely begin regular mammograms between the ages of 35 and 40, younger if there’s a breast cancer history for yourself or your family. Your mammograms are used for both early detection as well as for diagnosis of lumps, breast pain, or unusual breast symptoms.
During your mammogram, your breast is compressed between two flat surfaces and X-rayed. Digital mammograms display and record the high definition X-ray images on a computer monitor, while a standard film-based mammogram records these images on individual films.
What are the benefits of digital mammography?
A few solid benefits for you are:
- Less exposure to radiation compared to a standard film-based mammogram
- Reduced need for mammogram re-takes means less time spent for you
- Higher resolution images and image manipulation for accurate detection and diagnosis
- Your images are stored in computer files for easy access and sharing amongst experts
Is a digital mammogram right for you?
This decision is between you and your doctor, but the common perspective is that digital mammography is better suited for you if you:
- Are under 50 years old
- Have dense breasts
- Haven’t been through menopause or have gone through it within the past year
Are digital mammograms available at every ProMedica Radiology location? We have many convenient locations with this state-of-the-art technique. Find one near you.