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Mammography is the best test for breast cancer screening. It’s a unique type of imaging that uses a low dose x-ray system to differentiate between benign and malignant disease. In 2011, the FDA approved advanced technology to produce 3D images of the breast. This technology takes images at different angles of each breast to provide a clearer view by looking at layers of the breast at one time. The images move like a movie and adds valuable information to a standard mammography exam. When both a standard and 3D study are performed in conjunction, the exam takes a few seconds longer and has a higher radiation dose. The radiation dose still falls well below the FDA requirements for acceptable dose.
Not all patients benefit from 3D the same. The sensitivity of mammography decreases as breast density increases. 3D has made it easier to see through overlapping dense tissue, but still does not eliminate the need for breast compression or additional images and/or ultrasound.
The Society of Breast Imaging and the American College of Radiology recommends that women 40 years and older have a mammogram every year. There are two types of mammograms, screening and diagnostic. Screening mammograms are routinely given and can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or doctor can detect them. Diagnostic Mammograms are used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical findings. Each diagnostic mammography patient will receive verbal test results prior to leaving their appointment.
Our mammography equipment is accredited by the American College of Radiology in both Breast Imaging, Breast Aspirations and Breast Biopsy, and is certified by the FDA to ensure quality breast imaging. If further tests are deemed necessary, an ultrasound scan, aspiration or core-biopsy may all be performed at the TPCA facility.
This exam will take 15-20 minutes. Please wear a two piece outfit for your comfort. Do not wear deodorant, perfume or powder underneath the arms or around the breast area.
After Care Instructions for Screening Mammography
Follow up with your referring physician within 3-5 business days for routine exam results.
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday from 7:30am-6:00pm