What is Mammography?
Mammography is specialized medical imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, aids in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
An x-ray exam helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. It exposes you to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most often used form of medical imaging.
The American Cancer society recommends women get a mammogram every year after the age of 40 and continue annual exams after the age of 75 if you have a life expectancy of 10 years or more.
1 in 8 Women will
develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
8 out of 9 Women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history.
With early detection
the five-year survival rate is almost 100%.
Genius 3D Mammography Exams
Memorial Hospital is pleased to offer our patients the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam.
How it Works
The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam allows doctors to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. So, instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below. The Genius™ exam consists of a 2D and 3D™ image set, where the 2D image can be either an acquired image or a 2D image generated from the 3D™ image set. More than 200 clinical studies have shown that by using this technology, doctors are able to screen for breast cancer with much greater accuracy — regardless of a woman’s age or breast density.
What to Expect During Your Exam
The process of a Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is the same as your conventional 2D exam. The technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles. There’s no additional compression required with the Genius™ exam, and it only takes a few extra seconds for an exam proven to be more accurate.
The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to either your physician or directly to you.
Who Should Get Screened?
Women Ages 40 to 44 have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms.
Women Ages 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. 55 and Older can continue yearly screening, and should speak with their provider about switching to mammograms every 2 years.
Women 55 and Older can continue yearly screening, and should speak with their provider about switching to mammograms every 2 years.