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Mammography is a specialized low-dose x-ray imaging technique used in breast cancer screening and early detection.

In digital mammography, also called full-field digital mammography (FFDM), x-ray penetration of the breast is recorded electronically and converted into mammographic images. The efficiency of the electronic system results in improved image quality at lower radiation dose.   The patient’s overall experience during conventional film mammography and digital mammography are essentially indistinguishable.

Breast tomosynthesis is an advanced technique in which multiple  images of the breast are acquired at different angles and reconstructed as a 3-D image set.  Breast tomosynthesis screening studies support improved breast cancer detection rates.  Additional advantages may include improved screening sensitivity in the setting of dense breast tissue, earlier detection of small cancers hidden on a conventional mammogram, and fewer unnecessary biopsies.

What should I expect during a mammogram?

When you have a mammogram, you stand in front of an x-ray machine. The person who takes the x-rays places your breast between two plastic plates. The plates press your breast and make it flat. This may be uncomfortable, but it helps get a clear picture.

What is an image guided breast biopsy?

Image guided breast biopsies utilizes various imaging modalities to identify the exact locate a breast lump or abnormality. The precise nature of the imaging allows for a more precise placement of the small needle used to acquire a sample of the lump or abnormality for examination under a microscope.

MRI, ultrasound or traditional mammography can be used to perform an image guided breast biopsy.

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