What Is Mammography?
Diagnostic Mammography is recommended for women with an abnormal mammogram or a breast- related problem (such as lump, thickening, a focal point of pain, nipple retraction, skin dimpling, or spontaneous nipple discharge). A diagnostic mammogram is a problem-solving mammogram, and additional views are frequently required. The exam is tailored to your specific problem. A radiologist will interpret your exam and provide you with the results during your appointment. A copy will also be delivered to your health care provider.
Ultrasound is a breast imaging study using sound waves to acquire images of the breast tissue. Ultrasound is primarily used as an exam to further evaluate an abnormality detected on a mammogram or to evaluate an area of palpable concern. Ultrasound can distinguish between fluid filled cysts and solid masses.
Breast self-examination (BSE) is an important component in the early detection of breast cancer. BSE should be performed every month. Regular examination can help you to become familiar with your breast tissue, making it easier to notice if a change occurs in your breast. If you have questions about BSE, please ask our staff for educational material. In addition to BSE, you should schedule a physical breast exam with your health care provider every year.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin annual screening mammography at age 40. Although no diagnostic tool is 100% effective, mammography is critical in early detection. Many breast cancers can be detected by mammography at least 2 years before a cancer can be detected by a physician during breast examination.