Mammography is a special form of imaging using low doses of x-ray to produce a detailed image of the breast. It is important to have a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 to 40, and have a yearly mammogram starting at age 40 so the radiologist can detect the slightest changes in breast tissue over time.
Why is it important to have a mammogram?
This early detection increases the chance of successful treatment and survival. Mammography detects approximately 85% of all breast cancers, sometimes many years before a lump can even be felt. It is the only exam approved by the FDA to help screen for breast cancer in women with no signs of the disease.
Will the exam be painful?
Although some patients experience slight discomfort, the compression decreases the x-ray dose to the breast and allows better visualization of the tissue in the image. Patients should feel pressure, but no significant pain.
When will I receive my results? What if my results come back abnormal?
At our facility we mail a letter to our patients informing them of a normal result which should be received within 7-10 business days. If there is anything concerning that the physician wants to further evaluate then our Patient Care Coordinator will be in contact to schedule the appropriate testing.
For our patient’s convenience, a mammogram may be scheduled for the same day as their yearly appointment with the physician. We have a Mammography Department in the following offices:
We look forward to seeing you at your next visit!