St. Joseph’s Medical, P.C. offers digital mammography as an ancillary service to its patients from both our Liverpool and Fayetteville locations. Mammography is a special type of X-ray that provides images of the breast. These images, called mammograms, can often detect a breast lump before it’s large enough to be felt. They are used to find tumors, tiny clusters of calcium (microcalcifications) and abnormal changes in the skin. In standard mammography, the X-ray images are captured on film; in digital mammography the images are stored and viewed on a computer.
Advantages of Digital Mammography
In general, a mammogram exposes you to smaller doses of radiation than a general chest X-ray would. Digital mammograms use even less radiation than a standard mammogram. The digital images can be lightened or darkened and certain areas can be magnified for closer examination. The images also can be stored and retrieved more easily, and transmitted electronically for review by another doctor.
The American Cancer Society recommends that:
- Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year to check for signs of breast cancer.
- Women under age 40 with risk factors for breast cancer should ask their health care provider whether to have mammograms and how often to have them.