Mammography refers to X-ray examination of the breast. Mammography is used to detect and diagnose breast disease both in women who have breast symptoms (problems such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge) and women who are asymptomatic (no breast complaints).
Screening mammography is an X-ray examination of the breast in a woman who is asymptomatic (has no breast complaints). The goal of screening mammography is to detect cancer when it is still too small to be felt by her physician or the woman. Early detection of small breast cancers by screening mammography greatly improves a woman's chances for successful treatment.
Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is viewed and, more importantly, manipulated. The radiologist can magnify the images, increase or decrease the contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images. These features allow the radiologist to evaluate microcalcifications and focus on areas of concern.
To supplement this technology, Fremont Health has incorporated digital Computer-Aided Detection (CAD), which highlights characteristics commonly associated with breast cancer. When activated, it flags abnormalities to help the radiologist detect early breast cancer. CAD is, in essence, a second set of eyes to support and enhance the radiologist's judgment.
Digital mammography feels identical to conventional screening from a patient's perspective, though women may notice shorter exam times and a reduction in callbacks to obtain additional images.
The Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) System, which has been shown to increase breast cancer detection rates by 15 percent and up to 15 months earlier, is a part of the standard procedure for reading mammogram results.
Mammograms have proven to be the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stage. After the mammogram is performed, film is made for the radiologist to review. The film also goes into the CAD, which reads it and forms an opinion. The radiologist compares his opinion to the CAD's and bases his final diagnosis on a "double reading" of results.
Fremont Health has received the highest rating from the Mammography Quality Standards Act review board.
While screening mammography is very important, women should not overlook the necessity of monthly self breast exams, as well as yearly exams with her physician.
Mammography hours are:
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - Noon on Saturday
To schedule your mammogram, call (402) 727-3882.
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