Understanding Options for Mammograms

Published on: April 10, 2016

As you get older as a woman, mammograms become part of your wellness program recommended by your physician. Once a woman reaches her mid-forties, younger for those with higher risks for breast cancer, mammograms become part of the annual exam equation. However, all mammograms are not the same. There are new advances in this area of breast cancer detection that can improve the chance of early detection and have fewer false readings that require call backs from your radiologist.

The two biggest changes in mammogram technology is the use of 3D Mammography and C-View Imaging. These two advancements allow for a more thorough view of the breast tissue, comparing 2D and 3D images to highlight any abnormalities. C-View imaging offers lower radiation doses due to only one scan being needed, plus there is less compression time and fewer call backs than conventional imaging.

The biggest benefit of using the newest mammogram technology is a higher detection rate of smaller abnormalities. Because the imaging is more advanced, there is an estimated 40% reduction in the amount of call backs patients receive to have their mammograms redone. This saves time and money, plus it reduces the amount of radiation you are exposed to when additional scans are needed. The lower radiation dose of the C-view imaging is also a benefit.

If your doctor has recommended you begin getting regular mammograms, don’t settle for old, outdated technology. Use a radiology clinic that offers the newest advancements in digital imaging for mammograms. Ask whether your local radiology clinic has 3D Mammography and C-View Imaging before scheduling your mammogram. Your health is worth the investment of using the best technology available in early breast cancer detection.

Posted on behalf of:
Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound & Breast Center, P.C.
Mount Vernon Medical Center
755 Mount Vernon Highway Northeast #310
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 252-3430

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