Using computers and specially designed digital detectors, digital mammography produces an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor, and transmitted and stored just like a computer file.
One of the main benefits of digital mammography technology is the ability to manipulate images. Using special high-resolution monitors, the radiologist can adjust the brightness, change contrast, and zoom in for close-ups of specific areas while reviewing the electronic images of the breast. Computer-aided detection is also used to analyze patterns in the mammogram, acting as a second pair of eyes for the doctor. It marks areas for the radiologist to review in more detail.
An accredited facility
The Breast Care Center is a proud recipient of the American College of Radiology® Gold Seal of Accreditation. This recognition from the largest and oldest imaging accrediting organization in the United States demonstrates that we have met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety.
What to expect
Once both you and your mammogram technician are ready to begin, the technician will position your breast in the mammography unit. One breast will be placed on a special platform and compressed with a clear paddle, which creates a uniform tissue thickness for the X-ray image. This allows for a clearer, unobstructed image and reduces your exposure to X-ray radiation. The direction of the compression will be changed between images to achieve a top-to-bottom view and a side view. The same process will be repeated for the other breast. You may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds while the X-ray is being taken in order to get a clearer image. The entire mammography exam should take about 30 minutes.
- Read the general instructions on our home page
- Limit your caffeine intake prior to your digital mammogram
- Schedule your mammogram the week before your period (mammography may be more uncomfortable than normal when your breasts are tender)
- Wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of your mammogram
To schedule a digital mammogram, please contact us.