Exams are Now Faster and More Comfortable
About one in eight women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in their lives. Early detection is a major key to positive outcomes. For years, the best way to detect breast abnormalities was radiographic (X-ray) mammogram equipment that provided two-dimensional images.
As with other medical procedures, digital technology has led to vast improvements in mammography. Digital mammography exams are faster and more comfortable. Patients are exposed to much less radiation. Perhaps most importantly, studies indicate that digital mammography – which provides 3-D images - improves cancer detection in women with dense breast tissue, women under age 50, and those who have not yet gone through menopause.
The American Medical Association and the American College of Radiology recommend that women age 40 and older receive an annual mammogram. In addition, the National Cancer Institute recommends that women who are at an increased risk for breast cancer – due to family genetics or previous cancers - may need to begin annual mammograms before they reach 40.
What To Expect
Main Street Radiology is committed to making the mammography experience as comfortable as possible. We have dedicated women's waiting areas and a specialized female technologist to perform your mammogram and breast ultrasound. We also have board-certified women's imaging radiologists available for stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies. In addition, Main Street Radiology is certified in SAVI SCOUT wire-free localization. SCOUT works by placing a "reflector" into the questionable tumor. The system uses safe, non-radioactive radar waves to detect the reflector's location within the breast. SAVI SCOUT can be placed days, even weeks, prior to surgery simplifying your day of surgery, increasing convenience, and lessening anxiety.
The digital mammography procedure itself is similar to the older X-ray process. A technician positions your breast between two plates, and compresses it. She then takes images of your breast from top to bottom and side to side. The entire process can take about 20 minutes.
At Main Street Radiology, we believe in an integrated process. Therefore, if you require additional mammography or breast ultrasound, a dedicated breast imager supervises all of your procedures. We believe this approach leads to better problem-solving and a more accurate evaluation.
You are welcome to bring us previous mammograms taken by other radiologists. For your convenience, when outside mammograms are submitted for comparison, they will be digitized and stored at our facility so that they can be used to your future benefit.