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Mammography

MammographyA mammogram is a safe test used to look for any problems with a woman’s breasts.
The test uses a special, low-dose x-ray machine to take pictures of both breasts. The results are recorded on x-ray film or directly onto a computer for a radiologist to examine.

Mammograms allow the doctor to have a closer look for breast lumps and changes in breast tissue. They can show small lumps or growths that a doctor or woman may not be able to feel when doing a clinical breast exam. “Mammography” is the best screening tool that doctors have for finding breast cancer.

If a lump is found, your doctor may order other tests, such as ultrasound or a biopsy, a test where a small amount of tissue is taken from the lump and area around the lump. The tissue is sent to a lab to look for cancer or changes that may mean cancer is likely to develop. Breast lumps or growths can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer).

Finding breast cancer early means that a woman has a better chance of surviving the disease. There are also more choices for treatment when breast cancer is found early.

Screening mammograms are done for women who have no symptoms of breast cancer. When you reach age 40, you should have a mammogram every one to two years.

Diagnostic mammograms are done when a woman has symptoms of breast cancer or a breast lump. This mammogram takes longer than screening mammograms because more pictures of the breast are taken.

White-Wilson Medical Center offers digital mammograms that can provide patients with optimal breast imaging and comfort with lower x-ray dosage. The MAMMOMAT Novation digital mammography system enables physicians and clinicians to better pinpoint disease and plan treatment.  The system allows imaging of a wider range of patient breast sizes and its new paddle design provides easier and more comfortable patient positioning. It also enables a direct conversion of X-ray to digital information and provides a better view for the Radiologist to read.

Additionally, White-Wilson implemented an iCAD second look system. The iCAD system is a state-of-the-art computerized image reader that will provide a second “read” of all mammogram films after the Radiologist has viewed the pictures. The iCAD system can detect the most minute areas that may not be readily seen with the naked eye.

To schedule a Mammogram with White-Wilson, call 850.863.8110.


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