Mammography at USA Health
Mammography is a technique that uses X-ray technology to detect and diagnose tumors of the breast. There are two different kinds of mammograms: screening and diagnostic. Screening mammograms are used to detect tumors and calcifications that are too small to be felt. During a screening mammogram, a technician will take two or more X-ray pictures of each breast. If you show signs or symptoms of breast cancer, a diagnostic mammogram can be used to get a more detailed picture of the breast. A diagnostic mammogram is immediately evaluated by a radiologist, so you’ll receive your results during your appointment.
3D mammography uses CT technology to take multiple pictures of the breast in thin sections. These images are compiled to create a detailed digital image of the breast. Women with dense breast tissue may benefit from 3D mammography as this technology gives us a clearer and more detailed picture of the breast.
Mammography can detect breast cancer in its earliest stages when it’s most treatable. A yearly screening mammogram is recommended for women 40 and older.