Screening mammography usually consists of two views of each breast and can assist your physician in the detection of breast cancer. Yearly mammograms can lead to early detection of breast cancers. Early detection of breast cancer makes it more curable and usually make breast-conservation therapies more likely. In addition, yearly mammography is the only screening tool shown to decrease breast cancer mortality rates. If a finding is indeterminate or suspicious on the initial screening mammogram, radiologist may recommend further diagnostic studies including additional views, ultrasonography or MRI in order to determine the cause of the area of concern on the screening exam. Diagnostic mammography is also used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical findings-such as nipple discharge, breast lump or nipple retraction that have been found by the woman or her primary doctor.
St. Luke’s use several advanced technologies including full-field digital mammography and computer-aided detection (CAD). Dedicated breast radiologists are board-certified physicians with subspecialty expertise. We are committed to serve our patients with the highest standard of care.
Your physician will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your mammogram. Please inform your physician of any medications you are taking as well as any allergies you may have. Also inform your physician regarding a recent illness or other medical conditions.
Women should inform their physician if they are pregnant, or if there is any possibility they may be pregnant.
Radiation Dose: Special care is taken during X-Ray examinations to use of the lowest radiation dose possible while producing the best images for evaluation.