Mammography

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  • Screening and Diagnostic Examinations
  • Breast US
  • US Guided Breast Biopsy/Cyst Aspiration
  • Digital Mammography
  • Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)

A mammogram uses low-dose X-rays to generate images of the compressed breast. It is the most widely used and most trusted tool in the diagnosis of breast cancer.

At Radiology Associates of Dekalb, PC, state-of-the-art digital mammography systems are used at each of our centers, including computer-aided detection system in use for all screening mammograms. This technology, which is like having a second set of eyes review your mammogram, helps your radiologist detect these abnormalities.

The benefits of digital mammography are numerous, and include faster exam times, lower radiation and less patient discomfort. Digital mammography allows for higher resolution images, better penetration of dense breast tissue and the ability to look at anatomy from multiple angles. If needed, non-surgical breast biopsy services, including ultrasound-guided and stereotactic biopsies, are available at our Comprehensive Breast Center.

Breast Tomosynthesis, also called 3 Dimensional (3-D) Mammography is an advanced digital breast imaging technique where multiple images of the breast are taken and reconstructed into 3-D images. The highly detailed 3-D images are particularly helpful for women with dense breasts or complex breast tissue. This level of detail can reduce patient call backs for additional imaging and improve breast cancer detection. The 3-D mammogram is performed on the traditional mammogram unit, during the standard 2-D Mammogram. There is no additional compression. The radiation dose for 3-D mammogram may be slightly higher than for a standard mammogram, but still considered a low level of radiation and within FDA guidelines.

Mammography is the most reliable and time tested screening method for breast cancer detection available today. The American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology and the American Medical Association recommend an annual mammogram for women who are 40 years of age and older. The combination of annual mammography, an annual physical exam by your personal physician and monthly breast self-examination (BSE) is considered the best way to detect breast cancer early and save many women's lives.


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