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.

Why Should I Have My Mammogram at Denville Diagnostics?

Digital Mammography is the latest technology available for imaging breast tissue. The difference between older film and new digital images is comparing night to day. So much more of the breast tissue can be seen with digital, helping patients detect risks early.

What is the Difference between Regular Mammograms and “State of the Art” Digital Mammography?

Briefly, both exams require x-ray exposure. The older method uses film which cannot provide as much detail, the new method captures the images on a computer in varying shades of gray. More breast tissue is readily seen with Digital Mammography.

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