|Digital Screening Mammography
are two reasons women choose not to get a mammogram: fear of pain and
fear of learning a cancer diagnosis. "It's better to know than not to
know because the quicker we find out if you have breast cancer, the
sooner you can get treatment and the more likelihood that you'll be a
survivor," said Cindy, Diagnostic Imaging Northwest's Mammography tech.
going to call everyone I know and tell them to go get a mammogram,"
said Mary. "All they do is take your breast and put it in a machine and
squeeze it. It doesn't hurt, just go have one done."
mammogram will guide doctors if changes occur in the future. As for
now, she no longer has anything to be afraid of. "I'm tough now," said
Mary. "I have had my mammogram so I'm brave."
What is Digital Screening Mammography?
Digital Mammography is an x-ray examination of
the breasts. The breasts receive a very low dose of radiation. The
value of mammography is its ability to detect irregularities that are
extremely small, many times too small to be felt by touch in the breast
tissue. The American Cancer Society
recommends the following mammography guidelines for women without
symptoms: 35-39 years - Baseline Mammography; 40+ years - every year
after 40 years old.
Women with a
family history of breast cancer or who smoke cigarettes should consult
with their physician or healthcare provider about their recommended
frequency for mammography.
mammography examination serves as a basis for future comparison. By
detecting any indication of breast cancer in the earliest stages, it
can be treated with a significantly higher degree of success.
assured that our mammography services are among the most accurate and
advanced available. Among these offerings is the use of a computer
assisted detection (CAD) system called CADStream, which minimizes the
possibility of false negative readings during the review of screening
What should I expect?
After checking in with the receptionist, you
will be escorted to your dressing booth. Please wear a two-piece outfit
because you will be requested to remove all clothing above the waist. You will then be accompanied to a mammography room where you will be given instructions about the examination.
the examination a female Technologist will position your breast in a
compression device, which will be used to decrease the overall
thickness of each breast during filming. This helps provide not only a
better image, but also allows us to use a lower radiation dose. For
some women the compression may be uncomfortable, but this only lasts a
few seconds and the compression is released immediately following the
Once the exam has been
completed, you may be asked to wait a few minutes before dressing. This
will allow us to ensure that no additional images will be needed. Once
cleared to get dressed, you may return home.
When will I receive results?
Results are usually available three business
days after the procedure. Please contact your referring physician if
you have specific questions at that time. Typically, a report will be
sent to you describing the results of your mammogram, or indicating
whether there is a need for you to return for additional breast imaging.
Medical Imaging Northwest is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in mammography.
Which locations provide the service?
Puyallup Imaging Center
Sunrise Imaging Center
Bonney Lake Imaging Center