The best way to detect breast cancer early is through routine mammography, which is a specialised, non-invasive x-ray exam of the breasts. The test is used to diagnose certain conditions affecting the breast tissue, namely cancer. Today, advances in mammogram screening technology provide doctors with state-of-the-art imaging options, including high-quality pictures of the breast tissue, decreased radiation exposure, and 3D screening options. Digital mammography allows your doctor to evaluate your mammography images using high-resolution computer monitors, which provide an enhanced view of your breast tissue.
Digital 2D and 3D mammography can help your doctor detect breast lesions up to two years prior to a lump or other symptom occurring. Using this advanced mammogram technology can also lower your chances of receiving incorrect test results or needing to repeat an exam.
Digital mammography can be used for screening or diagnostic purposes:
Mammogram screening is used to detect breast cancer at its earliest stages through annual testing, usually beginning around age 40. Consult with one of our experienced imaging specialists at Cloud Radiology about your family history of breast cancer and personal health background to determine when you should begin screening mammography services.
Digital mammography can also be used for diagnostic purposes. These types of mammograms are done when you have an unusual breast condition, such as a lump or irregular routine screening. These mammograms may be more complex and time-consuming, as they usually require capturing specific angles of the breast for a detailed evaluation.
When you arrive at Cloud Radiology, one of our friendly staff members will guide you through your digital mammography exam. You will be asked to change into a gown, and then stand in front of a mammography machine. You will place each breast between two plates, which will condense to create an even layer of your breast tissue. This may cause momentary discomfort, but will only last for a few seconds and is necessary for a high-quality image.
Most doctors recommend that women start getting an annual mammogram at the age of 40. This may vary depending on your family and personal medical history, and it is best to consult with your doctor to determine the right plan for you.