Mammography is a unique type of imaging that uses a low dose x-ray system to examine the human breast. This test is ordered to detect tumors and differentiate between benign and malignant disease. 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.
Patients should be advised that breast compression is necessary to even out the thickness of breast tissue, allowing a lower dose of x-ray to be used. In addition, this decreases the chance that abnormalities will be obscured by overlying breast tissue. Compression also holds the breast still, avoiding blurring and reducing x-ray scatter, which results in a sharper picture. Doctors ordering mammography should advise if the patient has a disability, breast implants or may be pregnant.
Our mammography equipment is accredited by the American College of Radiology in both Breast Imaging and 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.
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Would you like to save time filling out forms in the office? Fill out your mammography history form in advance. Simply print it out, complete it and bring it to your next visit.
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