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Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
Early diagnosis is the key successful treatment of breast cancer. Regular yearly mammograms, based on your doctor’s advice can help detect the disease in its most treatable stage.
Screening mammogram versus diagnostic mammogram
A screening mammogram is an exam used to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms. Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before you or your physician can feel them. Current guidelines recommend screening mammography every year beginning at age 40. In addition, women who have had breast cancer and those who are at increased risk due to a genetic history of breast cancer should seek expert medical advice about whether they should begin screening before age 40 and about the frequency of screening.
Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical findings, such as a breast lump or lumps that have been found by the woman or her doctor. Diagnostic mammography may also be done after an abnormal screening mammogram in order to determine the cause of the area of concern on the screening exam.
BID-MILTON recently implemented the Selenia® Digital mammography machine which provides enhanced image quality, increased patient safety, and a number of unique features. Read more about the Selenia Digital System here.
Preparing for your Exam-Before, During, After
Before Your Mammogram
- Prior to your mammogram, discuss any new findings, prior surgeries, hormone use, and family or personal history of breast cancer with your doctor. You may be asked to complete a medical history form.
- If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist at the time of the current exam. You will be asked a number of important questions about your medical history so that we can assess your breast cancer risk.
- On the day of your mammogram you should not use talcum powder, perfume or deodorant. We recommend that you wear a comfortable two-piece garment. You may continue to take any medication that you normally take.
During Your Mammogram
- The mammography technologist will position your breasts. This involves flattening and compressing the breast to obtain a clear picture of the tissues. The degree of pressure needed for optimal imaging may cause discomfort momentarily. It does not harm the breast tissues.
- The entire exam will take approximately a half hour.
After Your Mammogram
- After your exam is completed, a radiologist will interpret it and results will be mailed the next business day.
Scheduling Your Exam
To schedule your own mammogram, call 617-313-1700, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. The staff will assist you in scheduling your appointment at the most convenient time for you. In addition to daytime hours, we offer morning, evening, and Saturday appointments.
If your primary care physician determines that your mammogram is of an urgent nature we will schedule your examination within one business day.
Mammography does expose you to some radiation. However, today's refined mammography equipment is designed so that this exposure is minimal. Extreme care is taken during any procedure to ensure the lowest possible dose of radiation without compromising image quality.
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton’s Radiology Department possesses a valid license and certificate of inspection issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to offer mammography services.