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Digital Mammography

A mammogram is a safe low radiation dose x-ray of the breast. The exam is typically 2-4 images and the entire exam takes less than 15 minutes. During the exam, a technologist will put each breast in compression and take the x-ray. Although the compression may cause you slight discomfort, it should not be painful. To help reduce the discomfort, abstain from caffeine consumption two weeks prior to your scheduled exam.
While you are receiving your exam the technologist will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding breast health and breast density. A variety of reading materials are also available for you to take home.
Feel free to ask our staff any questions or voice any concerns you may have while you are having your exam.

Cameron Hospital is proud to be a Full Field Digital Mammography provider. Digital mammography has been proven to be more effective in detecting breast cancer in women under the age of 50 and women with dense breasts.
Digital mammogram images are able to be viewed by the technologist almost instantaneously on the technologist's high-resolution computer monitors and then are transmitted to a mammography dedicated workstation. Your digital images are stored and copied just like your everyday computer files.
Your digital mammogram will be viewed by the technologist prior to end of your exam. Once completed, a licensed Radiologist will interpret your exam and your physician will be notified of your results. A letter will also be sent to you from Cameron Hospital Women's Center notifying you of your results.
Cameron Hospital also implements a Computer-Aided Detection system that works as a second set of eyes for our physicians. These special features can help increase the detection of disease and in turn, can lead to quicker treatment.

Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammogram

Screening Mammography is an exam dedicated to women with no breast cancer symptoms or breast complaints. The exams are also done annually and may be done without a physician's order.

Diagnostic Mammography typically entails the standard 2-4 images and sometimes also requires additional imaging requested by the Radiologist. Women who fall into the diagnostic mammography category have a specific breast complaint (lump, pain, discharge, or skin irritation) or a history of Breast Cancer within the last 5 years. A diagnostic mammogram requires a physician order.

In an effort to prepare for your mammography appointment, we ask that you do not wear deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion under your arms or on your breasts the day of the exam. These substances can show up on your images like calcium spots, which can sometimes be cause for concern. If you forget to oblige from wearing these, we are happy to give you a wash cloth to wipe off with.
If possible, please obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the technologist during your exams. The previous images will be used as a comparison to the exam you are having done at our facility. If you cannot obtain these prior to your appointment, please bring the previous facilities contact information and we will be happy to contact them for you.
Your mammography technician should let you know when your results will be available prior to finishing your exam. Please do not assume that results are normal if you have not received notification from your physician or Cameron's Women's Center. All written results will be communicated to the patient within 10 days of the exam unless we are waiting on prior imaging for comparison.