Digital Screening Mammography is essential to the early detection of breast cancer, because it can reveal breast tissue abnormalities up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association and the American College of Radiology all recommend regular, once-a-year mammograms for all women, beginning at age 40. Monthly breast self-exams are suggested for all women over the age of 20. Women between the ages of 20 and 39 should have a clinical breast examination every three years.
Digital mammograms offer the highest-quality images, giving radiologists a crisp, clear view of the breast. Unlike traditional film mammograms, a digital screening mammograms can be lightened or darkened to provide the best possible view of breast tissue. The radiation dose to patients from digital mammograms is lower than traditional mammograms.
The digital screening mammography is especially good at early detection for women who:
- Are under 50
- Are pre-menopausal
- Have dense breasts
Every day, DRI Greensboro strives to ensure patients have the best possible experience before, during and after their exams and procedures. It shows in patient feedback.
From technologist to physician, everyone at The Breast Center was very kind, compassionate and caring. I feel fortunate that I was led there and was given the very best of care. Their commitment and dedication touched me, so much so that I have embraced their vision by establishing a nonprofit organization called Alight, Inc. for Breast Cancer Survivorship. We will work with The Breast Center to offer encouragement and support to the women in our community who must face the life-altering decisions and challenges associated with this horrific disease. And it all started because I personally received such wonderful, compassionate care.
—Mary Jones, Founder of Alight, Inc. for Breast Cancer Survivorship
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To prepare for the procedure, a qualified technologist will position your breast on the machine and apply compression from the machine. The compression spreads out the breast tissue to ensure all tissue appears in the mammogram and to avoid hiding potential abnormalities. You should expect to feel pressure from the compression. Women with sensitive breasts may feel discomfort. It is recommended that the exam be scheduled when your breasts are least tender, generally one week after your period. It is best to avoid the week before your period, as breast tissue has increased sensitivity at this point in your cycle.
See below for information on preparing for a mammogram and performing a breast self-exam.