As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in Michigan, Beaumont offers patients leading edge mammography services.
Both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society recommend screening mammography for women age 40 and older. Talk with your Beaumont doctor about how often you should have a mammogram.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women use a facility, such as Beaumont Hospital that specializes in mammograms. During 2007, more than 137,000 CT, 69,000 ultrasounds and 50,000 MRI studies were performed in Beaumont’s Diagnostic Radiology Department.
Beaumont has reached the American College of Radiology (SCR) Gold Standard for Mammography. Reaching the Gold Standard means our facilities have demonstrated a strong commitment to image quality and safety.
Beaumont was the first in Michigan to provide MRI, ultrasound and mammography at their Women’s Breast Imaging Centers.
Beaumont Cancer Institute offers:
The findings in the recently reported Canadian study differ from those of most other clinical trials on mammography. They also differ from the consensus of most experts including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which has estimated breast cancer screening reduces the relative risk of death in women aged 40 to 59 by about 15 percent.
At this time, the findings from the Canadian trials are not sufficient to change the recommendation that most healthy women get regular mammograms starting at age 40. For more information people can visit the American Cancer Society screening guidelines and recommendations.
A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breast. It is used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women who either have breast problems such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge, as well as for women who have no breast complaints.
Mammography cannot prove that an abnormal area is cancer, but if it raises a significant suspicion of cancer, tissue will be removed for a biopsy. Tissue may be removed by needle or open surgical biopsy and examined under a microscope to determine if it is cancer.
Mammography has been used for about 30 years, and in the past 15 years technical advancements have greatly improved both the technique and results. Today, dedicated equipment, used only for breast x-rays, produces studies that are high in quality but low in radiation dose. Radiation risks are considered to be negligible.
According to the National Cancer Institute:
A diagnostic mammogram is also used to evaluate abnormalities detected on a screening mammogram. It is a basic medical tool and is appropriate in the workup of breast changes, regardless of a woman's age.
The recent development of digital mammography technology shows promise for improved breast imaging. Digital mammography provides electronic images of the breasts that can be enhanced by computer technology, stored on computers, and even transmitted electronically in situations where remote access to the mammogram is required.
X-rays of the breast are different than those used than for other parts of the body. The breast x-ray does not penetrate tissue as easily as the x-ray used for routine x-rays of other parts of the body. The breast is compressed by the mammogram equipment to spread the tissue apart. This allows for a lower dose of radiation. Compression of the breast may cause temporary discomfort, but is necessary to produce a good mammogram. The compression only lasts for a few seconds for each image of the breast. A breast health nurse or x-ray technologist usually takes the x-rays, but the resulting films are read and interpreted by a radiologist, who reports the results to your physician.
The American Cancer Society recommends the following screening guidelines for early detection of cancer in women who have no symptoms:
National Cancer Institute Guideline for Screening Mammography
American Cancer Society Guideline for Screening Mammography
Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram on a regular basis, every one to two years.
Women 40 years of age and older should have a screening mammogram every year.
Consult your physician regarding the screening guidelines that are appropriate for you.
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