A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast, using specialized equipment and technology, to detect lumps or abnormalities before they can be felt during physical examinations. For women at average risk of breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms beginning no later than age 45. At age 55, women can switch to mammograms every two years. The American College of Radiology recommends annual mammograms starting at age 40.
Though patients are exposed to a very low dose of radiation, a mammogram provides the sharpest images of the inner structures of the breast for early detection of breast cancer—in short, it saves lives.
The Radiology Center at T.J. Samson Community Hospital offers the highest-quality mammography and specialized diagnostic evaluations. Our multidisciplinary experts work with each patient individually to address any concerns and to answer questions. While each staff member is highly trained to ensure proper, accurate results, they also take great care to treat each patient with dignity and respect; patients' privacy and comfort are a top priority.
The Women's Center at T.J. Health Pavilion now offers 3D mammography. 3D mammography is an extraordinary breakthrough in cancer screening and detection. Our new breast tomosynthesis system delivers greater clarity. This technology allows doctors to see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible to help find breast cancer at its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. Tomosynthesis also has been shown to reduce the need for follow-up breast exams.