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In the United States, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women. Almost 185,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year. Only lung cancer causes more cancer deaths among women than breast cancer. Consider the following additional breast cancer facts:
What are the risk factors for breast cancer?Some of the known risk factors for breast cancer include:
What is a mammogram?A mammogram is an X-ray examination of the breasts, used to detect and diagnose breast diseases. Mammography is a very safe procedure that uses low doses of radiation to produce high quality X-ray images.
Who should have a mammogram?The American Cancer Society recommends that all women have a baseline screening mammogram between the age of 35 and 40 and that beginning at age 40, women have an annual mammogram.
How is a mammogram performed?During a mammogram, a woman's breasts are compressed with a special machine. Images of each breast are taken with special X-ray technology that is designed for breast tissue. Images are taken from different angles.
When will I receive my results?
You will receive a letter from Sanford Clinic with the results of your mammogram. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to call us. Sanford mammography department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and Food and Drug Administration.
To schedule your mammogram, please call:
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What is digital mammography and how is it different from film mammography?Digital mammography is an evolving technology that captures a digital mammography image on a computer rather than traditional film. The primary advantage from a patient's standpoint is faster exam time (90 seconds-3 minutes) since the image does not have to go through a processor to be developed. The difference between digital and conventional technology is the process utilized to acquire the image. Both technologies still require breast compression.
Why choose digital mammography?There are a variety of reasons to choose digital mammography:
Who should have a digital mammogram?In a study of more than 40,000 women digital mammography was shown to have the most benefit for:
If my doctor finds a suspicious spot on my mammogram, won't digital mammography keep me from having to undergo as many X-rays?
It is possible that with digital mammography the number of extra images required for diagnosis could decrease, depending on the ability to satisfactorily manipulate the images on the computer monitor. The initial set of four images will still be necessary.
To schedule your digital mammogram, please call:
The CAD (computer-aided detection) system analyzes mammographic images and marks areas that contain characteristics often identified with cancerous tissues. The system helps provide better patient care with fewer missed cancers and earlier cancer detection.
"This technology represents a major advance in the early detection of breast cancer. This program, along with regular exams, significantly improves the level of care we provide for our patients," said Wayne Muth, director of radiology at Sanford Health.
Clinical trials have shown that 39 percent of missed breast cancers could have been detected 14.8 months earlier using the mammography CAD system.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact your doctor or call Sanford Radiology at (701) 323-5210.