MCMC’s Diagnostic Imaging Department offers advanced digital mammography
services to detect early changes in breast health. With low-dose X-rays,
our specially trained and experienced mammography technologists capture
images that detect lumps, changes in tissue or calcifications too small
to be found by physical exam.
MCMC radiologists read each mammogram and provide results to patients and
Mammography is designed to provide early detection of breast cancer and
is an important part of routine healthcare. Yearly mammograms are recommended
starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
If it is time to schedule your mammogram, please call 541-298-4000 for
a timely appointment.
Digital mammography provides better images faster. The technology converts
X-rays to electronic images of the breast, which can be viewed, optimized
and stored on a computer. In a recent study, digital mammography was better
than traditional film mammography in detecting breast cancer in women
under 50 years of age.
Positron emission tomography, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is
a type of nuclear medicine imaging.
Known as digital breast tomosynthesis or 3D mammography this technique
takes images from several different angles to create a three-dimensional
picture of the breast. The images are converted into a stack of very thin
layers, or “slices,” allowing a radiologist to evaluate the
breast layer by layer. This greater accuracy means better breast cancer
detection and a reduced chance of being called back for additional testing.
A number of studies have found that 3D mammograms increase detection of
invasive breast cancer by 30-40% compared to traditional mammography,
while also reducing the number of false positives.
With this technology, radiologists and physicians can better detect possible
abnormalities in the breast at an early stage when they’re easier to treat.
Call 541-506-5714 to find out if you qualify for a free mammogram!