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Arcadia, CA 91007
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Scheduling (626) 445-4850

Live Operator: (626) 447-0035

Scheduling (626) 445-4850

Live Operator: (626) 447-0035

Scheduling (626) 445-4850

Digital Mammography
Digital Mammography

Digital Mammography

Mammography plays a vital role in the early detection of breast cancer, and can oftentimes detect a lump in the breast before it can be felt. Full-field digital mammography provides higher-quality imaging, a lower dose of radiation, and images that can be magnified using CAD (computer aided detection) to assist with an accurate diagnosis.

Digital Screening & Diagnostic Mammography

Beginning at age 40, or earlier for high-risk patients, women should begin getting annual screening mammograms - for the earliest and most accurate detection of breast cancer.

Please visit Arcadia Women's Imaging Center's website for scheduling and more information!

One of the most recent advances in breast imaging is digital mammography. With digital mammography, images of the breast are captured as a digital picture and reviewed with the help of a computer. The digital mammogram is then stored on our computer system which makes them easily available for our Radiologists to review. This flexibility allows the Radiologist to adjust the picture to clearly see all areas of the breast. Because digital mammography images are seen within less than a minute, our patients experience shorter exam times.

Advantages of Digital Mammography

  • Newest technology for breast cancer detection
  • Clearer images, higher resolution, fewer repeat exams
  • Lower radiation dose
  • Shortened exam time
  • Improved visibility for dense breasts

Mammography is the most accurate method of breast cancer detection. The test is used to screen for breast cancer as well as to determine the cause of breast complaints, such as lumps or nipple discharge. While the examination does use radiation, the exposure is minimal.

Early and accurate detection is critical to successful treatment. We continue to stand by the American College of Radiology recommendations for annual screening mammograms and clinical breast exams beginning at age 40 and continuing as long as a patient has a 10-year life expectancy.

Preparing for a Mammogram

  • Avoid using deodorants or powders on the day of the examination. These products contain ingredients that can cause a false positive reading on your mammogram. Arcadia Radiology offers cleansing wipes and aerosol deodorant for your convenience.
  • Notify the mammography technologist if you are breast feeding or if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.
  • Wear a two-piece outfit on the day of your mammogram; you will be asked to undress from the waist up and put on a gown.

During and After a Mammogram

Normally, two images are taken of each breast during a mammogram. Each breast will be positioned on an imaging plate and then gently compressed. While two pictures are generally captured of each breast, it is fairly common for additional images to be taken or for you to be asked to return for additional imaging to ensure a thorough examination has been completed.

After your mammogram is complete, one of our radiologists will interpret your exam and prepare a report for your physician. Your physician will call you when the report is completed and will discuss your results with you.

If you have had a prior mammogram at another facility, please have those films sent to ARMG so that we may compare them to your current examination.