Mammography can detect breast cancer and other abnormalities in their earliest stages. Early detection is an essential factor in achieving successful treatment for breast cancer and any other related conditions. This procedure is recommended annually for women over the age of 40, or earlier for women with increased risk factors.
Recent technological advances now allow mammograms to be performed digitally, rather than on film, using techniques similar to those used in a digital camera. The procedure remains the same for the patient, except that the results can be reviewed by our Radiologist immediately after the procedure on a computer screen.
For many women, having a mammogram is uncomfortable and anxiety-provoking. At LSG Imaging, we do everything possible to minimize these issues by providing personalized and expedient care that exceeds the community standards for mammography.
WHAT TO EXPECT
All studies are reviewed by the Radiologist immediately after the mammogram is performed, allowing for extra views to be taken when necessary and eliminating the need to recall the patient.
Following the mammogram, a physical examination of the breasts is performed by the Radiologist. Patients have the opportunity to ask any questions and raise specific concerns, which can be addressed at that time.
A Breast Ultrasound can be performed if the patient has dense breasts, a mammographic abnormality, a palpable abnormality, or symptoms related to a specific part of the breast. This is performed by the Radiologist, who can correlate the findings with the mammogram and physical examination.
If an abnormality is found, ultrasound-guided biopsy can be performed, if appropriate. The biopsy results are usually available in 48 hours. During the waiting period, if deemed necessary, the patient can schedule an appointment with a surgeon and schedule an MRI of the breast. This can often expedite the patient’s care by one or two weeks.
All mammograms are performed using the “mammopad” which allows for more compression of the breast with less discomfort, leading to improved visualization of breast tissue.
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