What is Mammography?
Mammography is an X-ray technique used to visualize the internal structures of the breast. Approximately 2 million women in the United States have mammograms each year. Mammography performed by an accredited and FDA certified mammographic imaging provided is the most reliable method currently used to detect breast cancer and compliments physical examination for screening women who have no symptoms. Our mammographic imaging program is FDA certified and as such follows all FDA guidelines. These guidelines include the proper use of breast compression, which increase the visibility of the small details in the image, and reduces the amount of X-ray radiation needed to produce the image.
What is the difference between a traditional Mammogram and a Digital Mammogram?
A digital Mammogram is kind of like your digital camera, the difference between the old film of cameras and a digital camera. So the difference is that we can see the image right away rather than having a piece of film that we have to run through a processor to look at and just like your digital camera we can look at the digital image on a screen and change how light or dark it is, whereas with film, it can’t be changed.
When and where will the mammography be done?
DMS Mobile Imaging Service performs Digital Mammograms at North Valley Health Center every other Thursday.
How long will the Mammogram take?
The procedure will last approximately 15 minutes. We ask that you check in at the reception desk 10 minutes prior to your exam.
How safe is Mammography?
Mammography is very safe. Radiation exposure during the mammogram is extremely low. The procedure involves no injections or invasive procedures.
Will insurance cover a Mammogram?
Most insurances cover Mammograms. However, it is best to call your insurance in advance to see if it will be covered.
Breast Care Screening
A complete breast care program includes monthly breast exams, and mammograms.
Checking your breasts is called a breast self-exam. You should examine your breasts every month, about one week after your menstrual period ends. If you do not have regular periods, examine your breasts on the first day of each month.
CLINICAL BREAST EXAM
This is a breast exam by your health care professional to make sure you haven’t missed anything during your breast self-exams. This is a good opportunity to ask any questions you want and to request a demonstration of breast self-exam, if needed.
A mammogram is the most effective way to detect breast lumps too small to be felt or seen. It usually consists of two or more low-dose X-rays. Mammography is not painful, although it may feel slightly uncomfortable because the breast is compressed for a few moments.
|Breast self-exam||20 & over||Monthly|
|Clinical Breast exam||20-39; 40 & over||Every 3 years; Annually|
|Mammogram||40 & over||Annually|
* All Breast Care screening information obtained from the American Cancer Society.
For more information regarding Digital Mammography, call (218) 745-4211.