The Breast Care Center made the conversion to digital mammography in January of 2008. We upgraded to a NEW unit in 2015 – the Siemens Inspiration. This new digital mammography unit provides Dr Visconti with clearer images while patients can enjoy faster appointment times.
In digital mammography, the x-ray film is replaced by a detector which produces an image that is viewed on a computer screen. The images are processed differently to allow the radiologist to manipulate them during interpretation. A study done by the American College of Radiology found that digital mammography is more accurate than standard mammography in women who are under the age of 50, have dense breasts, or are pre-menopausal. The Visconti Breast Center uses the most advanced imaging technology available to give you the peace of mind that your mammogram is as accurate as it can be.
How should I prepare for a mammogram?
- You should tell the technician about any breast symptoms you have noticed since your last mammogram.
- Do not apply deodorant or lotion to your underarms. These small particles can show up on your films and interfere with interpretation.
- Make sure you see your primary care physician for your annual breast exams.
- If you are having your study done in a different facility than your last mammogram, try and locate your previous films before your appointment. Call the Visconti Breast Center for assistance in locating your previous mammograms or simply download the form and fax it to 231.439.9709
Early Detection is Everything
Screening mammography is used for women who have not experienced any breast symptoms. According to a study done by the American Cancer Society, screening mammograms reduced breast cancer deaths by 63%. For this reason, an annual mammogram is recommended for all women over the age of 40.
Diagnostic mammography involves taking additional views of the breast. If you have breast symptoms, such as a lump or nipple discharge, then your doctor will recommend a diagnostic mammogram. Additional images may also need to be taken if your screening study showed an abnormality.
After your mammogram, the radiologist may recommend that you have an ultrasound and/or biopsy of your breast.
When you receive the results of your mammogram, Dr Visconti will provide you with your breast density category (there are four categories; Categories A-D). As of June 1st, 2015, the State of Michigan requires that all radiologists report breast density to the patient, along with the results of their mammogram (click here to visit the State of Michigan’s requirement). If your breasts are categorized as being dense (Category C or D), an ultrasound is highly recommended. Having dense breasts makes it more difficult for the radiologist to interpret your mammogram – an ultrasound can help Dr Visconti to visualize any abnormalities in your breast. If you have additional questions about breast density, click here.