What it is: A screening mammogram is for women who have no symptoms of breast cancer. In this test, an x-ray of the breast is taken from top to bottom and side to side. Radiologists look at the mammograms to determine if further attention is necessary.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women have once-a-year screening mammograms beginning at age 40.
Between 6 to 8% of these screening mammograms identify something that may need further attention, including:
When further evaluation is completed, most women whose screening mammogram located a potential abnormality will be found to have nothing wrong.
What it is: A mammogram done for women whose screening mammograms detected some kind of abnormality. Often, magnification views can give a better picture of the area under question.
It depends on what was found. Some women may need additional images from mammography. Others may need additional mammograms and ultrasound.
TriHealth is proud to have brought the first 3D digital tomosynthesis to the public in Greater Cincinnati.
What it is: A revolutionary screening approach that produces a series of high resolution pictures, giving doctors the ability to view the breast layer by layer. This approach can reveal information that goes unseen in standard mammograms.
Among the many benefits of 3D mammograms:
Mammograms are accurate in 85 to 90% of the cases. They help detect abnormal tissue before it is large enough to be felt.
Still, it is possible that you could feel a lump that might not be visible on a mammogram. Tell your doctor anything you feel while examining your breasts!
How Does an Abnormality Appear on a Mammogram?
Something that needs further attention might be called a mass, lump, density, distortion or nodule. This might appear as:
“What if They Think They See Something on my Mammogram?”
This is a common question. The majority of abnormal findings from a mammogram are found either to be normal breast tissue or benign (noncancerous) tissue.
What it is: High-frequency sound waves (inaudible to humans) are transmitted through the breast. Echoes produce pictures of the breast and can zero in on a small area of concern. These ultrasound images can help specialists identify an array of conditions and diseases, including breast cancer.
Your provider may use ultrasound by itself or with other diagnostic tests.
An ultrasound can help determine: