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Comprehensive Breast Center
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The physicians and staff at Advanced Medical Imaging are proud to offer comprehensive breast care in our breast center. Our state of the art facility provides 3D mammography which is an FDA approved, innovative new technique for breast cancer screening. 3D mammography is more formally known as digital breast tomosynthesis or DBT. This exam finds abnormalities that cannot be seen or felt by you or your doctor. 3D mammography does not require any more radiation than a conventional mammogram. After all images are taken, sophisticated computer programs assemble them into a three dimensional representation of the breast. The radiologist can then view the breast tissue in narrow slices, similarly to CT scan images. At AMI we strive to be sensitive to our patients and their needs while providing a high level of mammography expertise from our radiologists and staff.
In our breast center, we provide comprehensive breast imaging services including mammography, ultrasound, MR and imaging guided biopsies (using stereotactic, ultrasound and MR guidance).
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Mammography uses low dose radiation to look at the internal tissues of the breast. The goal of mammography is to find breast cancer before it can be felt.
Is mammography safe?
The benefits of mammography in patients over 40 years old far outweigh the small risk of radiation exposure. The risk of a single mammogram has been compared to risks encountered in everyday life and is about the same as driving 220 miles by car or smoking 1.5 cigarettes. The National Academy of Science has concluded that the "risk of breast cancer for women exposed to radiation at age 40 or older is negligible or nonexistent."
Who will perform my mammogram?
Our technologists are specially trained in mammography and registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Who will interpret my mammogram?
All examinations are interpreted by radiologists certified by the American Board of Radiology. Our breast imaging radiologists far exceed the requirements made by the FDA for radiologists to interpret mammography examinations.
Do you use computer assistance when interpreting mammograms?
At Advanced Medical Imaging, we have the R2 Computer Aided Detection System. This computer system analyzes mammograms by searching for findings that may represent breast cancer and then highlights those areas for the radiologist. Use of the R2 "could result in earlier detection of up to 23.4% of the cancers currently detected with screening mammography in those women who had a prior screening mammogram 9-24 months earlier."
(FDA approved claim)
Will it hurt?
Compression of the breast is key to achieving a high quality image. Some women will experience discomfort during the examination. You may choose to schedule your mammogram at a time when your breasts are less tender, usually after your menstrual cycle. This should help reduce discomfort associated with the exam.
How long will my mammogram take?
The time varies but most screening mammograms require approximately 15 minutes and diagnostic mammograms require 30 minutes.
Is there more than one type of mammogram?
There are two types - screening and diagnostic. A screening mammogram is done in women who are not having any breast problems. A diagnostic mammogram is for women who are having certain breast symptoms (including a lump or certain types of discharge), have had a lumpectomy for breast cancer in the past 10 years or have had special follow-up recommended from previous mammograms.
Can I schedule this without an order?
No order is needed for screening patients who are 40 or older and have a referring physician to receive the results. Those patients under 40 or needing a diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound do need to have an order from their physician.
When should I start thinking about having a mammogram?
The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
What if I have had a mammogram at another facility?
If you are coming to Advanced Medical Imaging for the first time, we ask that you bring all pertinent information with you. This should include all old films with reports unless you have arranged for them to be sent beforehand. Having your old studies for comparison is very important as subtle changes may be the earliest findings of a breast cancer.
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