May 24, 2024

Understanding Mammograms: Your Key to Early Breast Cancer Detection

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women worldwide. Early detection remains the cornerstone of breast cancer management, significantly improving prognosis and survival rates. Mammograms play a crucial role in early detection, offering both patients and healthcare providers a reliable diagnostic tool. At Precision Imaging Centers, we prioritize your health with advanced mammography services designed to detect breast cancer at its earliest stages.

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What is a Mammogram? A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. It is used primarily to detect early signs of breast cancer in women who do not have any symptoms and to detect and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge.

Types of Mammograms

  • Screening Mammogram: This routine type of mammogram checks for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms. It usually involves two or more X-ray pictures, or images, of each breast. The goal is to detect cancer before clinical signs are noticeable.
  • Diagnostic Mammogram: Used to investigate suspicious breast changes, such as a new lump, breast pain, an unusual skin appearance, nipple thickening, or nipple discharge. It’s also used to evaluate abnormalities detected on a screening mammogram. More X-rays are taken with more magnification in a diagnostic mammogram.

The Importance of Regular Mammograms Regular mammograms can detect breast cancer early — possibly before it has spread. Discovering breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more. Women should begin having mammograms yearly at age 40, or earlier if they’re at high risk.

Advancements in Mammography at Precision Imaging Center At Precision Imaging Centers, we utilize the latest advancements in digital mammography:

  • 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis): This technology provides a clearer, more accurate view of the breast and is known to reduce the need for follow-up imaging.
  • Digital Mammography: Unlike traditional film-based mammography, digital mammograms use electronic receptors and computers to analyze tissue and detect early signs of cancer.

Benefits of Advanced Mammography

  • Improved Detection: Advanced techniques provide clearer, more detailed images, improving the detection of small cancers.
  • Less Radiation: Modern digital machines require less radiation than traditional methods while producing better images.
  • Greater Comfort: Enhanced technology also means faster scans and less discomfort during the procedure.

What to Expect During Your Mammogram During the procedure, a specially trained radiologic technician will position your breasts for the mammogram. You’ll feel pressure as your breasts are compressed. The compression helps spread out the breast tissue and obtain the clearest, most detailed images.

Our Commitment to Patient Comfort and Safety We understand that mammograms can be stressful. At Precision Imaging Centers, our staff is dedicated to making the experience as comfortable and reassuring as possible. We follow stringent protocols to ensure the lowest radiation exposure necessary for the best diagnostic results.

Mammograms are a vital part of women’s health care, particularly in the fight against breast cancer. At Precision Imaging Centers, we’re committed to providing our patients with the most advanced diagnostic technologies in a caring and professional environment. Early detection through regular mammography screening remains one of the most effective methods to reduce breast cancer mortality.

If it’s time for your routine mammogram, or if you have concerns about breast cancer, contact us today to schedule your appointment. Trust Precision Imaging Centers to provide you with care that is not only advanced but also compassionate and personalized.

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