What is a Mammogram?
Hillsborough Radiology Center is equipped with the latest digital mammography equipment. Our digital mammography specialists can detect lesions in breast tissue that are often too small to be felt, and can be a valuable tool in detecting breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage.
Routine screening digital mammograms should be scheduled within the first 14 days after the patient’s period to reduce the amount of potential discomfort from the compression.
Two views of each breast are taken at the time of your office visit. If additional views are needed to make the diagnosis, the patient is contacted to return for specialized spot or magnification views as requested by the radiologist. If no additional views are needed, a report is sent to the patient and to her referring physician.
Preparing for a Mammogram
There is no special preparation for the digital mammography exam, however, patients should not use any powders, creams, or deodorant under the arms or around the breast area in preparation for the exam.
As part of the complete exam, current studies are always compared with prior studies. Patients should bring any prior mammogram studies with them for their appointment.
What will the exam be like?
Patients will be asked to undress from the waist up. The technologist will position the breast and gently compress it upon the image plate. It is necessary to spread the breast tissue to reduce the thickness of the breast, which enables for lower doses of radiation and the clearest possible X-ray image.
In most cases, patients will have at least two pictures taken of each breast.