What is Mammography?
Mammography is a non-invasive medical test that uses low dose x-rays to capture digital images of the breasts. These images are then reviewed by a radiologist, who evaluates them for any signs or changes that may be indicative of early breast cancer. We have advanced imaging capabilities here at Midstate Radiology, including 3D Breast Tomosynthesis.
Breast cancer affects 1 in every 8 women. It is important for cancer to be detected early, as it greatly improves patient outcomes. Women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram annually, as it will best provide for early detection of any changes. At Midstate Radiology Associates, mammograms are performed in a gentle and comfortable environment by experienced advanced women’s imaging professionals.
Who Should Have This Procedure?
All women over the age of 40 should have this procedure to detect early breast cancer. Mammograms can show breast changes up to two years before a doctor or patient can feel them. Although commonly used on women experiencing no symptoms, mammography exams can also test any patient-detected lumps, skin dimpling or discharge.
What You Can Expect
It is not recommended you schedule a mammography before or during your period, as breasts can be tender at this time. The optimal time is one week following your menstrual cycle completes.
On exam day, do not wear any deodorant, powder or lotion under your arms, as these substances could be misinterpreted as calcium spots. During the test, your breasts will be positioned and compressed for digital images at different angles to detect any abnormalities.
Is it time to schedule your Mammography? Contact us to make an appointment today!