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Early Detection for Breast Cancer with Mammograms

Mammograms are one of the most important tools in the early detection of breast cancer. This low-dose X-ray can reveal both benign (non-cancerous) and cancerous growths when they are too small to be detected by you or your health care provider. With a screening mammogram, it is possible to detect micro-calcifications (tiny deposits of calcium in the breast, which can sometimes indicate the potential presence of an early breast cancer) or a tumor that cannot be felt.

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State-of-the-Art Digital Mammograms

MemorialCare Breast Centers are on the leading edge of breast care—equipped with state-of-the-art digital mammography. In digital mammograms, a special detector is used to convert X-ray energy into a digital picture almost instantaneously. This technology makes taking mammograms faster and more convenient than film mammograms. It also allows our dedicated breast radiologist to manipulate the digital mammogram image by magnifying details, increasing or decreasing contrast, or reversing black and white values. All of this improves the quality of the breast exam and the interpretation of the digital mammogram.

A recent Digital Mammography Imaging Screening research study, sponsored by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, has shown digital mammograms to be significantly better than film mammograms in screening women with very dense breast tissue. This often includes women under the age of 50 or those who are pre- or perimenopausal.

To help promote accuracy, all screening mammograms are double-read by a radiologist and a computer-aided detection system.

State-of-the-Art Digital Mammograms

Dense breast tissue can mask a breast cancer on a traditional 2D mammogram or mimic one when none exists. Women with dense breast tissue, which is about 40% of women, may choose tomosynthesis (3D) mammography. Learn more about tomosynthesis 3D mammography.

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