Digital Mammography

Welcome to the Mammography Department at Renaissance Imaging

Digital Mammography

During a digital mammogram, an electronic X-ray sensor is used instead of film to create images of the breast. When viewed on a computer screen, the digital images can be easily enhanced for more detailed viewing.

Digital mammography allows for a smaller radiation dose and faster exams. It is considered equal or superior to film-based mammography in the detection of breast cancer.

Our exams are sent to Radiology Associates and read by Board Certified Radiologist's who have specialized training in women's imaging.

Diagnostic Mammograms: A Closer Look

If an abnormality (such as a lump) is found during your screening mammogram, a more thorough exam called a Diagnostic Mammogram will be scheduled to learn more about your condition. Diagnostic mammograms take longer than screening mammograms since a specific area of the breast must be carefully viewed from several angles.

If necessary, your physician will schedule additional imaging procedures after your diagnostic mammogram to provide more information for establishing a diagnosis

What Should I Do to Prepare for a Mammogram?

  • You will be asked to undress above the waist and will be given a hospital gown to cover you, so wear clothing that will be easy to change out of.
  • Do not wear deodorant or talcum powder on the day of the exam. The ingredients in these products can cause distortions in the images.
  • If you've had mammograms taken at other facilities, bring those films and records with you, or request to have them sent from the other facilities. These provide the radiologist with something to compare the current scans to.
  • Bring a list of any medications and/or vitamins or herbal supplements you may be taking.

What Can I Expect During a Mammogram?

  • The technologist will help position the breast on the platform of the mammography machine.
  • A plastic plate will be lowered to compress and flatten out the breast tissue. This helps to keep the breast still while the scan is taking place, as well as provides a more detailed view of the breast tissue.
  • You will be asked to remain still and hold your breath for a few seconds while the picture is taken.

For screening mammograms, two scans of each breast will be taken, one from the top and one from the side. If it is a diagnostic mammogram, additional scans will be taken to provide the radiologist with a closer look at the suspicious area.

Women generally experience discomfort during the procedure because the breast tissue is being compressed; however, the discomfort only lasts a few seconds.

Sometimes the radiologist will require additional scans of the breast if the image isn't clear or if it looks suspicious. They may do another mammogram or they may recommend other radiological exams or procedures, such as a breast ultrasound or breast MRI.