Every woman knows how important getting yearly exams are. One of the most important exams women get is a mammogram. If you are ready to schedule a mammogram, then Hollywood Diagnostics Center has you covered. But before you schedule, let’s go over mammograms.
A mammogram is an x-ray of the soft tissue of the breast. It is the recommended modality for the early detection of breast cancer. We offer both screening and diagnostic mammograms. Screening mammograms are performed in individuals with no signs or symptoms of breast problems. Diagnostic mammograms are performed when signs and symptoms of breast problems are present. Such problems might include breast lumps, nipple discharge, change in breast shape or size, and/or breast pain. Diagnostic mammograms often take a little longer to perform because more x-rays are needed to show the breast from different angles.
Mammography aids in the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer when it is most treatable. It makes it possible to show changes long before a provider or patient may realize there is a problem. Current guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend a yearly screening mammogram beginning at age 40. If there is a history of personal or family breast cancer it should be done even earlier.
During the examination, a technologist from Hollywood Diagnostics Center will place your breast between two plates on the imaging machine and compression will be applied for a few seconds while each image is taken. You will be asked to hold your breath and not move. You will feel some discomfort and pressure but should not experience pain. The length of the total examination is about ten to fifteen minutes. The amount of radiation involved in this type of examination is extremely low.
Once all of the images have been taken, one of our board certified radiologists will view the images and provide a written interpretation. Once the radiologist has analyzed all of your studies, your results will be sent to your referring provider who will review them with you.
If you live in South Florida, or specifically the city of Hollywood, and are in need of a mammogram, or any medical imaging, then call the Hollywood Diagnostics Center today! Medical professionals are ready to assist you with all of the tests and procedures that you need to get your health in order. All of the staff is friendly and ready to answer any questions you have regarding any medical imaging technologies and procedures. Call the Hollywood Diagnostic Center at Phone: (954) 966-3600 today!