WHAT IS A DIGITAL MAMMOGRAM?
A digital mammogram is an x-ray examination performed by a specially licensed female technologist that creates an image of the interior of the breasts, used to detect and diagnose breast diseases. In digital mammography, the breast image is captured on specially designed digital detectors. The digital detector converts x-rays into an electrical signal, which is then sent to a computer. The radiologist can review the digital mammogram on a high-resolution computer monitor.
Screening mammography is used as a preventive measure for women who have no symptoms of breast disease. A screening mammogram usually involves two views of each breast.
Diagnostic mammography involves additional views of the breast, and is used when an abnormality is found during screening, or in women who have breast complaints, such as a breast mass, nipple discharge, breast pain, or skin irritation.
Mammography is a very safe procedure that uses low doses of radiation to produce high quality digital pictures.
HOW MUCH DOES A MAMMOGRAM COST?
Cost should never keep someone from receiving this critical preventative service that affords peace of mind or the best chance for successful treatment. Help is often available. To discuss financial assistance or arrangements, please call our Business Office at 760-873-2190.