Digital Mammography In-House
All Women OBGYN is proud to offer the latest in digital mammography. Digital mammography has improved the early detection of breast cancer especially when there is dense breast tissue. The radiologic results are available much more quickly and are much more accurate than the older film screening.
We recommend that our patients receive an annual mammogram beginning at age 40. Of course, there are women in high risk categories that should begin their mammograms much earlier in their life.
We have chosen to provide the very best mammography services and breast diagnostics to our patients. The Women’s Diagnostic Center is one of the premier breast diagnostic centers in the area. Women’s Diagnostic Center was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by meeting the stringent accreditation requirements of the American College of Radiology – as required by the FDA. Our practice is very fortunate to have the first on-site satellite suite in the city which is provided and operated by the Women Diagnostic Center. Our images are taken by a highly qualified and trained mammogram technologist employed by WDC. Our films are transmitted immediately to WDC and interpreted by accredited and board certified radiologists specializing in breast diagnostics.
Our patients are informed of their results usually in 2-3 days. Any concerning results are personally communicated to our patients by our staff.
Most of our patients take advantage of scheduling their mammograms in conjunction with their annual exams. We also have in-house DEXA scans which can be scheduled on the same day as other annual exam services.
Why is Breast Screening Important?
The most common form of cancer in non-smoking women is “breast cancer”. One in 8 women will develop breast cancer over a lifetime. Mammography is currently the best method of breast cancer detection.
As breast tissue becomes less dense with age mammography becomes more reliable. Self breast exams should begin in the early twenties and be performed on a monthly basis.
Family history, lifestyle and diet are key factors in reducing risk of breast cancer. Early detection is the key to the cure for breast cancer.
Can I have a breast ultrasound in place of a mammogram?
A breast ultrasound is used in addition to a mammogram and should never replace a mammogram. Breast ultrasound does not detect microcalcifications, which can be an early sign of breast cancer. Mammography is still the gold standard of imaging for detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages.