Mammography is the most accurate diagnostic technique available to early detection of breast disease. There are two types of mammography procedures: screening mammography and diagnostic mammography.
Screening mammography is an X-ray examination of the breast in a woman who is asymptomatic (has no breast complaints). The goal of screening mammography is to detect cancer when it is still too small to be felt by her physician or the woman. Early detection of small breast cancers by screening mammography greatly improves a woman's chance for successful treatment. Screening mammography usually involves two views (X-ray pictures) of each breast. For some patients, additional pictures may be needed at screening to include as much breast tissue as possible.
The American Cancer Society guidelines for the detection of breast cancer in asymptomatic women are:
- Women 20 years of age and older should perform breast self-examination every month.
- Women 20-39 should have a physical examination of the breast every three years, performed by a health care professional such as a physician, physician assistant, nurse or nurse practitioner.
- Women 40 and older should have a physical examination of the breast every year, performed by a health care professional, such as a physician, physician assistant, nurse or nurse practitioner.
- Women 40 years of age and older should have a mammogram every year.
We encourage you discuss your screening mammography procedure with your physician, however, physician referral is not required. Appointments may be scheduled by your physician or directly by calling (816) 271-1278 or (800) 443-4515.
Diagnostic mammography is an X-ray examination of the breast in a woman who either has a breast complaint (for example, a breast mass, nipple discharge, etc.) or has had an abnormality found during screening mammography. During diagnostic mammography, additional pictures will be taken to carefully evaluate the breast abnormality.
Mosaic Life Care offers Tomosynthesis (3D) Mammography, one of the most advanced breast cancer technologies available today. The new technology is FDA-approved and gives women a choice as to what type of mammogram they have.
What should I expect during my tomosynthesis 3D exam?
The tomosynthesis exam is very similar to having a conventional two-dimensional mammogram. Like a two-dimensional mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles. There’s no additional compression required with a tomosynthesis exam and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to either your physician or directly to you.
Who can have a tomosynthesis 3D exam?
A tomosynthesis exam is approved for all women who would undergo a standard two-dimensional mammogram. Multiple clinical studies show that all women, regardless of breast type or density, benefit from a tomosynthesis exam.
Why choose a tomosynthesis 3D exam?
A tomosynthesis exam detects 41 percent more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40 percent. This means one simple thing: more accuracy. The exam allows doctors to see masses and distortions associated with cancers significantly more clearly than conventional two-dimensional mammography. Instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional two-dimensional mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.