Digital mammography uses low dose radiation to look at the internal tissues of the breast and is used as a screening tool and for diagnosis. The use of digital mammography has contributed significantly to the accuracy of breast cancer detection by providing enhanced image clarity and the ability to magnify the images. Another advantage of digital mammography is the test is typically shorter and more comfortable than traditional mammography.
Depending on your age and medical history, your healthcare provider may order a routine or “screening” mammography at periodic intervals. If you discover an area of concern during a self-examination or a medical examination, your healthcare provider may request a diagnostic mammogram to investigate further. For either test, the breast is gently compressed to allow for a clearer image. Most women find this to be only mildly uncomfortable.
Preparing for your Mammogram
- You will be more comfortable if you schedule your test one week following the completion of your period.
- The day of your exam, don’t use body powder, deodorant, or lotion.
- It is best to wear a two piece outfit such as a shirt and pants versus a dress since you will be required to disrobe from the waist up.
If you had a previous mammogram at another location, we request that you bring these films with you so the radiologist can compare the previous images with the new ones. Please let the technologist know if you are pregnant, breast feeding or have had breast implants or a biopsy prior to the start of the test.