A mammogram is a radiographic procedure using small amounts of radiation to detect masses and other abnormalities of the breast. It is capable of detecting approximately 2-3 times as many "early" breast cancers as a physical examination.
Pomerene Hospital has a dedicated Digital Mammography machine that is used to obtain the images by providing lower radiation dose to the patient compared to film screen. It also utilizes computed aided detection (CAD) which is a reading tool to help the Radiologist interpret digital images by highlighting areas in the breast that may need further review.
Also, to help make our patients more comfortable, we utilize the Mammo Pad. This pad is made of a sponge-like material and provides cushion for the breast during compression and warmth.
The American College of Radiology recommends an annual mammogram for all women over 40, and may be appropriate at a younger age for high risk or symptomatic women. Our mammography program is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
What to Expect
- Exam time: 15-20 minutes.
- You will need to remove everything from the waist up and wear a gown.
- Your breast will be placed on a platform that has a Mammo Pad in place and compression is applied to the breast for a few seconds while the image is obtained.
- Your test will be interpreted by a board certified radiologist.
- The results of your test will be faxed to your ordering provider.
- You will receive your results the same day by phone call.
- Do not apply any deodorant, lotion, or powder to your underarm or breast areas prior to your exam.
- If you tend to have tender breasts, it is advisable to abstain from caffeine for a week prior to your exam.