Digital Mammography



A digital mammogram is kind of like your digital camera. We can see images immediately.

Digital mammograms tend to be higher in contrast. We know that digital mammograms are better for women who have dense breast tissue, are under the age of 50, or are pre-menopausal.

3D Mammogram Benefits
Proven to detect 20%-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%.*
Proven to reduce callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.*
FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.*

Our #3D Mammogram provides:
Exceptionally sharp images
Seamless transition between imaging modes
Ergonomic design for patient comfort and ease of operation



Exam Prep

Before scheduling a mammogram, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other specialty organizations recommend that you discuss any new findings or problems in your breasts with your doctor. In addition, inform your doctor of any prior surgeries, hormone use, and family or personal history of breast cancer.
Do not schedule your mammogram for the week before your period if your breasts are usually tender during this time. The best time for a mammogram is one week following your period. Always inform your doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.

The ACS also recommends you:
• Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam. These can appear on the mammogram as calcium spots.
• Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.
• If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist at the time of the current exam.
Ask when your results will be available; do not assume the results are normal if you do not hear from your doctor or the mammography facility.



What to expect

A licensed mammography technologist will perform your exam. When you arrive, you will be asked to remove neck jewelry and undress from the waist up. You will be given a gown to wear. Please do not wear deodorant, lotions, oils, or perfumes on the day of your exam as these will interfere with the machine. During the mammogram, you and the mammography technician will be the only ones in the exam room. The technician will position your breasts one at a time in between 2 plastic imaging plates, which will apply pressure while taking the X-ray images. Multiple images will be taken from different positions. Breast compression is necessary in order to: 
  • Even out the breast thickness so that all of the tissue can be visualized.
  • Spread out the tissue so that small abnormalities will not be obscured.
  • Allow the use of a lower X-ray dose.
  • Hold the breast still to eliminate blurring of the image caused by motion.
  • Reduce X-ray scatter to increase picture sharpness.

The exam takes about fifteen minutes to half an hour, depending on the number of images needed. You will feel pressure on the breast as it is squeezed by the compression paddle. Some women with sensitive breasts may experience some minor discomfort. Be sure to inform the technologist if discomfort occurs as compression is increased. If discomfort is significant, less compression will be used. After the exam, you may dress and resume normal activity.

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