Breast cancer is a very serious and prevalent disease. In fact, one in eight women in the US are likely to develop breast cancer at some point in their lives.
Early detection is essential in diagnosing and treating breast cancer. One tool that doctors use for early detection of breast cancer is the mammogram. A mammogram involves taking images of tissue inside the breasts to detect any abnormal tissue that may be cancerous. Doctors recommend women receive annual mammograms to screen for breast cancer, usually beginning between the ages of 40 and 50.
Types of Mammography Methods
Mammograms are necessary because breast self-examinations can’t identify smaller quantities of abnormal tissue deep in the breast where it can’t be felt.
Three of the most common types of mammogram methods are film-screen, digital, and 3D digital mammograms.
- Film-Screen Mammograms
Film-screen mammograms result in black and white images on film. Doctors use the film to analyze the results to see if there are any issues. This is a slower process and was more common several years ago.
- Digital Mammograms
Digital mammography is a diagnostic and screening tool that provides X-rays of the breast using low doses of rays. While a very safe, low dose of radiation is used in film-screen mammograms, digital mammograms use even less radiation – making them even safer for the patient.
Additional benefits of digital mammograms include that X-ray images are immediately uploaded to a computer device for quick review. Also, the images can be enlarged, highlighted, or focused using a computer for adequate evaluation. Digital results are also easier to share with other physicians and professionals because they are located on a computer.
- 3D Digital Mammograms
3D digital mammography has similar technology to a digital mammogram, but it generates high-quality images from various angles. This results in more accurate results and a less frequent need to retake a mammography. It also includes all the other benefits of digital mammography.
If you are interested in finding a center for your breast cancer screening needs, consider Independent Imaging. The professionals at Independent Imaging understand the concerns of women who come for a mammogram. Their professional and compassionate associates treat patients in a courteous and respectful manner. To make an appointment at one of their 4 convenient locations in Wellington, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach, and Belle Glade, call (561) 795-5558 today. You can also request an appointment online.