A mammography exam, also called a mammogram, uses low-dose x-rays as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms, and to detect abnormalities and diagnose breast in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge.
Successful treatment of breast cancer depends upon early diagnosis, and mammography plays a major role in early detection. Mortality rates from breast cancer are currently at their lowest since the 1950s, as a result of earlier detection through organized mammography screening programs and improved therapies following surgery.
Conquest Medical Imaging's mammography facilities are fully accredited. Our equipment is checked regularly to assure compliance with standards. In addition, all of our technologists and radiologists are highly experienced and specialize in reading mammography studies. Physicians recommend that women between the ages of 50 and 69 have a mammogram every two years.
If a breast abnormality is found or confirmed with a mammography exam, additional breast imaging tests such as an ultrasound or a breast biopsy may be performed. A biopsy involves taking a sample of breast tissue and examining it under a microscope to determine whether it contains cancer cells. Often, mammography or ultrasound is used to help the radiologist or surgeon guide the needle to the correct area of the breast during biopsy.