Medical imaging such as X-rays, MRIs, and mammograms allows doctors to preventatively screen your body for disease. Keep reading for answers to some common questions about receiving a mammogram in Denver.
What Is a Mammogram?
While an MRI uses magnets to image the body, a mammogram is a type of X-ray that uses a low dose of radiation to analyze your breasts for signs of cancer that cannot be detected by an MRI. There are two types of mammograms: screening and diagnostic mammograms. Screening mammograms are performed on women with no breast problems. Diagnostic mammograms are for women with certain symptoms, such as lumps or discharge, or who have had breast cancer in the past.
Who Needs a Mammogram?
Women 40 or above should receive mammograms every year. Additionally, women who may be at a higher risk for breast cancer should begin receiving mammogram screenings before they reach the age of 40, depending on the advice of their personal physician.
What Will Happen During My Mammogram?
During your mammogram, you will need to be undressed from the waist up. A radiologist will place your breasts one at a time between an X-ray and plastic plate to image them. Your breast will need to be flattened to produce a good image, so some women may experience mild discomfort for a few seconds. Two pictures are taken of each breast: one from above and one from the side.
What Will My Mammogram Show?
Your mammogram will produce an image of your breasts, which can then be examined for lumps or masses that may be indicative of cancer. The image can also detect calcification, or mineral deposits in your breast tissue, that may also be indicative of breast cancer. Your experienced technician will examine any irregularities found to determine if they are malignant or benign.
The Comprehensive Breast Center at Advanced Medical Imaging of Denver offers screening and diagnostic mammogram services. To find out more about mammograms and other diagnostic X-ray and MRI imaging, visit us on the web or call (303) 647-6504 today.