Digital Mammography is available at all our Women’s Centers:
Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Greentree (Marlton), Pennsauken, Turnersville, Voorhees, and Washington Township
How to detect breast cancer
Approximately one in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. If your mother, sister, or daughter had breast cancer, your chances of getting it are greater; however, due to the frequency of this disease four out of five women who get breast cancer do not have a history of it in their family. The most effective way to detect breast cancer in its early stages is a program of monthly breast self-examination, examination by your doctor and annual mammography.
What is Digital Mammography?
Digital Mammography is your strongest new ally in the fight against breast cancer. It uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor. This results in:
- Better visibility at the skin line
- Greater image flexibility
- Shorter exam times
- More confidence in the results
- Fewer callbacks
Will my digital mammogram hurt?
A mammogram requires compressing the breast between two plastic plates and taking an X-ray. Breast compression is necessary to achieve the highest possible detail. As the breast is compressed, the tissue is better visualized and at the same time the radiation dose to the breast is reduced. Many women have no discomfort. Some women experience mild discomfort as a result of pressure exerted on your breast by the plates. For some women it helps to schedule your mammogram during a time in your cycle when you know your breasts are not tender.
Some women are concerned about radiation exposure during mammography, but studies have shown that such risks with state-of-the-art mammography equipment are minimal and far outweighed by the benefits of a thorough procedure.
Who should get a digital mammogram?
The American College of Radiology and the American Cancer Society believe that a woman should have a yearly mammogram after age 40 or earlier if at high risk. You should consult with your physician.
How do I prepare for my digital mammogram?
First, all clothing above the waist is removed and you will be given a gown. Do not use any deodorant, powder, perfume, creams or lotions on your under arm or breast area because they leave a residue that may be picked up on the x-ray and possibly interfere with the results.