What is Digital Mammography
Digital (computerized) mammography is similar to standard mammography in that x-rays are used to produce detailed images of the breast. Digital mammography uses essentially the same mammography system as conventional mammography, but the system is equipped with a digital receptor and a computer instead of a film cassette.
What is the difference between a screening mammography and diagnostic mammography?
- Screening mammography is used as a preventative measure for women who have no symptoms of breast disease. A screening mammogram usually involves two views of each breast.
- Diagnostic mammography involves additional views of the breast, and it is used when an abnormality is found during screening, or in women who have breast complaints.
What else should I know?
- A mammogram cannot prove that an abnormal area is cancer. To confirm whether cancer is present, a small amount of tissue must be removed and examined under a microscope. This procedure is called a biopsy.
- Siemens mammography requires 40 – 60% less radiation exposure than other systems.
- Digital mammography requires no doctor referral and the results will be sent to the physician of your choice.
- Health insurance usually pays for one mammogram per year.
- The American Cancer Society says all women aged 40 and older should have a yearly mammogram.
How can I schedule a mammogram?
If you would like to schedule your next mammogram by telephone, please call:
Quincy, IL – 217-222-6550, ext. 3284
Pittsfield, IL – 217-285-9661
Or Click the links below to schedule your mammogram online!