A mammogram is an imaging exam of the breast used to look for and evaluate breast disease. It is performed with dedicated equipment using low-dose x-rays. We currently use digital mammography at all of our imaging centers and were the first to provide this service to the community. Digital mammography offers you advantages over film-based methods including improved image quality, shorter wait times for results, and reduced radiation exposure.
In addition to mammography, we are proud to offer complete imaging evaluation of the breast with ultrasound, MRI, and biopsy techniques. You should feel confident that our high quality, comprehensive breast program was named the first Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in East Central Florida by the American College of Radiology.
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On the day of your exam you should avoid using any powders, deodorant, or perfume under your arms or on your breasts. These substances can sometimes cause artifacts on the images that may be confused with an abnormality.
It is important to bring any prior imaging studies with you if these were performed at another facility.
Current guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS), American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and Susan G. Komen recommend screening mammograms every year for women beginning at age 40.
In addition, you may need a diagnostic mammogram at other times (even if you are under age 40) if you are experiencing a specific breast problem such as a lump, pain, skin changes, or discharge.
Screening mammography may lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are more curable and more easily treated. This type of mammography is performed on an annual basis in patients 40 years of age and older when there are no symptoms present.
Two images of each breast are obtained during a screening mammogram examination (called CC and MLO views). If you have breast implants, four views of each breast will be obtained to better visualize the tissue around the implant. These images will be checked by our technologist to ensure that they are of adequate quality without artifacts. Once complete, you will be allowed to leave and the mammograms will be interpreted by one of our Breast Imaging Radiologists. A report will be sent to your doctor, and a letter explaning the findings will be sent to you.
Diagnostic mammography is performed when a possible abnormality is identified on screening mammograms or if a patient is experiencing breast symptoms, such as a lump, pain, nipple discharge, or skin changes. This type of exam often includes additional images targeted to a specific area of concern. A breast ultrasound may also be included as part of this work-up.
Additional views of the area of concern will be obtained. The number and type of images obtained vary depending on the finding that is being evaluated. Our Breast Imaging Radiologists will interpret these images while you wait and determine if an ultrasound is needed. Once complete, the results will be discussed with you and all of your questions will be answered.
If a breast biopsy is needed, your options will be discussed in detail with you at that time. Our imaging centers offer the full range of biopsy procedures including stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound guided biopsy, MRI guided breast biopsy, and needle localization procedures, all within a comfortable environment.
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