What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an X-ray image of the breast. Mammography allows doctors to examine breast tissue for signs of cancer.
How is a mammogram performed?
During the test, a patient stands in front of a special X-ray machine. A technician positions the patient's breast on a clear plastic plate. Another plate firmly presses against the breast from above and holds it still while the x-ray is taken. The process is performed first on one breast, then the other.
What is digital mammography and why is it better?
Parkridge West Hospital offers digital mammography, which is superior to traditional film mammography because it produces a clearer X-ray picture of the breast tissue. Digital mammography allows the radiologist to analyze images more precisely, so that abnormalities can be easily seen and accurately identified. This is an especially important tool for screening and diagnosis of breast cancer in women under the age of 50, women who have not yet gone through menopause or who are currently in menopause, and women with dense breast tissue.