Digital Mammography

Premier Diagnostic Imaging provides digital mammography examinations for all women at the Premier Center for Women. Digital Mammography expands our ability to provide the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

Digital mammography offers the latest in technology with higher resolution for superior image quality. The radiologists can electronically manipulate the images to see much more detail.

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  • More patient-friendly
  • Less discomfort
  • Less complications and less risk
  • No anesthesia or recovery time
  • Next day appointments and prompt results
  • Other conditions may be identified that have similar symptoms
  • Less expensive

Dense Breasts

Breast density is a proportional measure of the glandular, connective and fatty tissues within a woman’s breasts. It is most commonly determined using mammography, a diagnostic test that uses low dose x-rays. Having dense breasts is not an abnormal condition; in fact, about half of all women over 40 have dense breasts.

The exact relationship between breast density and breast cancer is still unknown, but having dense breasts may increase your risk of developing breast cancer. There is no clear evidence that reducing breast density will reduce your risk of breast cancer. Talk with your doctor about breast density and discuss what impact that may have on your breast cancer screening regimen.

The American Cancer Society offers the following information:

  • Current evidence supporting mammograms is even stronger than in the past. Mammograms remain the most effective and valuable tool for decreasing suffering and death from breast cancer.
  • There is no fixed age at which women should stop getting mammograms. Mammograms for older women should be based on the woman's health and whether or not she has other serious illnesses. As long as a woman is in good health and would be a candidate for treatment, she should continue to have mammograms.
  • There is no evidence at this time that MRI will be an effective screening tool for women at average risk. While MRI is more sensitive than mammograms, it also has a higher false-positive rate which would result in unneeded biopsies and other tests in a large portion of these women.
  • A recent large study from the National Cancer Institute found that Digital Mammography was more accurate in finding cancers in women younger than 50 and in women with dense breast tissue.
  • Breast ultrasound is sometimes used to evaluate breast problems that are found during a mammogram. Ultrasound has become a valuable tool to use along with mammograms because it is non-invasive and less expensive than other options.

An annual digital mammogram is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. When a problem is diagnosed early, treatment is more effective, and less expensive.

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