A mammogram is a medical imaging tool that can help detect breast cancer or any abnormalities in the breast in its earliest stages. The earlier a condition of the breast is detected, the more time there is to create an effective treatment plan. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we offer the latest in breast radiology and breast imaging in order to provide you with quick, precise results.
What is a mammogram?
There are two forms of mammograms that are often used to detect breast abnormalities, which include a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram. A screening mammogram is used to obtain basic scans of each breast. If an abnormal or irregular result is found in one or both breasts, a diagnostic mammogram will be ordered to look further into the irregularity. A diagnostic mammogram uses multiple scans of the breasts to gather more information on the breast abnormality.
What can mammography help diagnose?
Mammograms are often used to detect and diagnose breast cancer, breast cysts, or breast tumors. Mammograms are recommended biannually for women who are forty years or older. Some physicians may recommend mammograms at an earlier age if you have a family history of breast cancers or tumors or if you display any symptoms that put you at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
What can I expect from a breast cancer screening?
During your mammogram, your breasts will be carefully placed into the mammography unit, which has a special platform for your breasts to rest. During a mammogram, a mechanism in the mammogram unit will gently apply pressure to your breasts for the clearest results possible. Pressure is required as many breast tumors or cancerous growths may be concealed by a fold of breast tissue or other structures of the breast. Between scans, you may be asked to change positons. It is important that you remain still during your mammogram to ensure clear images are taken during your scan. You may be asked to inhale and hold your breath at certain points during your breast cancer screening.
How long does a mammogram take, and when will I get my results?
The entire process of a mammogram can be completed in thirty minutes, but each mammogram may vary depending on your particular case. If any unclear images are taken during your mammogram, additional breast scans will be required until the images are clear enough to be properly interpreted. If you are receiving a screening mammogram and the test comes back irregular, further breast imaging such as a diagnostic mammogram is required. Our radiologists will interpret your mammogram results. As soon as your breast imaging results are available, we will notify your physician, who will then discuss the results with you.
How can I learn more about breast cancer screening?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss breast imaging with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request an appointment online.