Digital Mammography

Digital scans provide greater detection

xray_vs_digital_mammogram apptbug_002 Digital mammography, used at The Breast Center, surpasses conventional X-ray film for detecting breast cancer. Digital images offer greater clarity and can be manipulated for the best vantage point. Because digital images can be shared online, surgeons and other specialists can consult with little or no delay when necessary. Your mammogram also goes through an additional review using the computerized R2 ImageChecker® to aid the radiologist in identifying suspicious regions. Should you need care beyond routine screening, The Breast Center provides comprehensive services and collaborative, skilled practitioners to support you every step of the way.

What happens when I go for my mammogram?

While we may not entirely eliminate anxiety, we go to great lengths to create a relaxing atmosphere and experience. Warm robes, designer gowns, delicate tea service, and original artwork—all are part of the calm, reassuring environment at The Breast Center.

During mammography, trained technologists use a state-of-the-art breast imaging system to take two pictures of each breast, one from the top and one from the side, ensuring that the largest possible volume of both breasts is imaged. Your breast is compressed, which prevents motion and spreads out overlapping structures of the breast, reducing the radiation dose required. The Breast Center offers an innovative, soft cushion to add comfort to the procedure. Discomfort can be reduced if you avoid having your mammogram immediately before or during your menstrual period.

After your examination, a trained radiologist, certified under strict national standards in interpreting mammograms, reviews the images. Questionable findings can include a mass (nodule), suspicious calcium deposits, distortion of breast tissue, skin retraction or skin thickening. Approximately 1 in 10 women are called back for additional imaging of questionable findings. We know this can be anxiety provoking; however, sometimes a closer look is necessary to rule out true abnormalities. Our radiologist physicians at The Breast Center perform advanced examinations on-site, assuring rapid interpretation of results and consultation with specialists when warranted.

Schedule your next mammogram

For more information about The Breast Center at Valley Medical Center, information about maintaining your breast health, or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 425.656.5588. You may also request an appointment online, 24-hours a day.