What is mammography?
Mammography is an exam of the breast tissue and a screening tool for early detection of breast cancer.
What can you expect during your mammography exam?
A trained technologist positions your breast in the mammography unit on a special platform. The breast is compressed slowly with a clear plastic paddle. Compression makes the breast tissue more uniform in thickness, improving the quality of the image and the visibility of small abnormalities.
While the breast is compressed, a series of images is taken from various angles. You will adjust your position slightly throughout the process. It is important to remain very still as the pictures are being taken to avoid blurry images.
The procedure is performed on each breast. The entire exam takes about 30 minutes.
Computer Aided Detection (CAD) is utilized at most facilities in conjunction with the Radiologist’s Reading. This aids the Radiologist in detection of abnormalities in the breast. It is like a second set of eyes reviewing your exam except it is computer generated.