A Screening Mammogram is a mammogram with limited views and is meant to screen for breast cancer while it’s still small and localized within the breast.
The Radiology Clinic uses 3D Hologic equipment with the most advanced screening technology available. With the new “Clarity HD” detector, we can achieve resolutions with pixel sizes as low as 70 microns. This means that mammograms performed at The Radiology Clinic are among the highest resolution studies available in the country!
Because we use 3D tomosynthesis (digital mammography) with all mammograms, patients can be assured that they are receiving the most diagnostic study possible. In addition to a higher diagnostic capability, examinations performed with 3D tomosynthesis are statistically less likely to be called back for additional imaging. 3D tomosynthesis can be particularly beneficial for patients who have:
- Dense breasts
- Fibrocystic breasts
- A strong family history of breast cancer
- Small breast lesions/tumors that conventional 2D mammography may miss
Screening Mammograms are an ESSENTIAL part of health screening, particallry for women ages 40 – 75 years of age. Although recommendations will be different based on the age, demographic, and personal and family history of the patient. Most institutions recommend the following screening mammogram schedule:
- Women ages 40 – 54 should have a screening mammogram once a year
- Women ages 55 – 75 should have a screening mammogram biannually BUT should continue with annual screening if desired, or if the patient has a higher risk of breast cancer based on demographics and personal or family history.
- Women ages 75 and older should have a screening mammogram, whether annually or biannually, as long as they are healthy, and expect to live for at least 10 more years.
Note: These are recommendations based on information provided by medical oversight bodies including the CDC, American Cancer Society, and the US Task Force On Preventive Services. Decisions regarding your personal screening regime should be made as part of a shared decision making process with your physician.