What is a Mammogram?

A Mammogram – or x-ray of your breast tissue – is one of the most economic examinations available for detecting early stages of breast cancer. Although Mammography is the most accurate method for early detection, not all cancers are found through Mammograms alone. Therefore, your Mammogram, an annual physical by your doctor, and your monthly (BSE) Breast Self-Examination work together to find changes or abnormalities.

What should I expect?

Mammography machines require a slight compression; this helps make the breast more uniform in thickness, and decrease the amount of x-ray you receive. It also helps the Doctor reading your Mammogram see differences in the breast tissue that would be missed without compressing the breast.

How old should I be to have my first Mammogram?

The recommended age for a baseline Mammogram is 35 years of age. Women who have turned 40 years of age should plan on annual Mammograms.

How long does it take?

From the time you enter Denville Diagnostics to the completion of your Mammogram you should plan on a minimum of a half hour. Women with implants should allow an hour for the appointment.

I’m 65 years old. Can I stop having Mammograms?

The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Therefore, annual screening for early detection of cancer is important to your ongoing health.

Better detection. Clinically superior. Low dose.**

What if we could find breast cancers earlier? See lesions more clearly? Reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies?

Questions like these inspired Hologic researchers and scientists to develop Hologic 3D Mammography™ technology. Selenia Dimensions, the first commercially available system that delivers on the extraordinary promise of breast tomosynthesis.

Over half of the U.S. News and World Report top 20 cancer hospitals offer Hologic 3D Mammography™ technology. More than five million women to date in the United States have already been screened with this life-changing technology, which is now available in 50 states and in over 50 countries.

Selenia Dimensions system's Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam: 

Simply a better mammogram.

Hologic has always been at the forefront of breast cancer screening and offers the first breast tomosynthesis technology with proven superior clinical performance to 2D mammography.1,4 The revolutionary Selenia Dimensions system, which has set the standard in mammography screening, provides:

  • Exceptionally sharp images.
  • Seamless transition between imaging modes.
  • Sophisticated user tools that simplify operation.
  • Advanced clinical applications.
  • The world's first and only tomosynthesis-guided biopsy.
  • Ergonomic design for patient comfort and ease of operation.

In addition, the Selenia Dimensions system's Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam offers the only breast tomosynthesis technology with the following advantages over 2D mammography, proving that not all tomo is the same:

  • Proven to detect 20%-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%.1
  • Proven to reduce callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.2-3
  • FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.2,4


Fast, low dose and clinically superior, compared to 2D. 3D Mammography™ exams: Powered by C-View™ software.

Hologic has further advanced breast cancer screening by producing 2D images from breast tomosynthesis data using C-View software, resulting in a Low Dose Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam with superior clinical performance compared with 2D alone.4

This Low Dose Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is performed in a rapid 3.7-second scan time for greater patient comfort and low patient dose, due to the elimination of 2D X-ray exposures. The synthetic 2D images and 3D™ slices are reviewed together to make clinical decisions or diagnoses part of the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ screening exam.  Denville Diagnostics is proud to provide you with the absolute latest in patient friendly technology and are very excited about this latest addition.  As always, our mission is to help create better health and wellness in our community.

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