A mammogram is a specialized x-ray used to analyze breast tissue. This method of imaging and radiology can help screen for abnormal changes before a lump is large enough to be felt.
Mammography is a valuable breast cancer screening tool, but can also aid in the early detection of other breast diseases too. Its low levels of radiation make it a safe diagnostic procedure.
When to Have a Mammogram
According to the American Cancer Society, mammograms should be scheduled as follows:
- A baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40.
- A mammogram annually after age 40.
- Any time you feel a lump, have a nipple discharge or inversion, see skin dimpling or notice any other changes in the breast.
3D Mammography at Hunt Regional Medical Center
Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville uses GE Senographe Pristina 3D mammography. 3D Mammography creates a 3-dimensional picture of the breast using x-rays. The technology is trained to detect malignant soft-tissue densities and calcifications with increased sensitivity.
Hunt Regional is the first center in North Texas to use iCAD ProFound AI cancer detection software. ProFound AI is a high-performance, cancer detection technology built on artificial intelligence. The software is used by radiologists while reading 3D mammograms.
The FDA approved technology is clinically proven to:
- Increase cancer detection rates
- Reduce false positive rates and patient recalls
- Significantly decrease interpretation waiting times
As cancer rates continue to rise, this benefits patients by helping find cancer sooner, while reducing unnecessary concern from false positives.
Digital Mammography at Hunt Regional
Our imaging center and mobile mammography coach are both equipped with digital technology, which offers several advantages over traditional mammograms.
- It usually takes less than half the time of traditional film-based mammography
- There are more viewing options for detection of abnormalities
- Digital images give better visibility of the breast
- Images can be viewed on computers, making them available for comparison with earlier images if you have moved
Those who prefer a 2D mammogram or the convenience of a remote location can visit our mobile mammography coach. Women who choose Hunt Regional can expect a more comfortable mammogram featuring the latest technology available and personalized follow-up communication.
The breast imaging center at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, as well as the Tubby Adkisson Mobile Mammography Coach are accredited by the American College of Radiology, the Food and Drug Administration of the U. S. Government, the State of Texas Department of Health and the American Registry of Radiological Technologists' Advanced Mammography Certification Program.
Scheduling a Mammogram
To prepare for your mammogram, do not use deodorant, powder, cream or perfume on your underarms or breasts before your test. These may interfere with the exam.
After the exam, your mammogram will be reviewed by a radiologist who will prepare the report for your doctor. If an abnormality is detected, your doctor may schedule you for additional breast imaging or for a breast biopsy.