Mammography is an X-ray-based imaging test of the breast. It is used by most women preventively to detect breast tumors when they are too small to be detected by physical examination. These small tumors can be the first finding of early-stage breast cancer. Annual mammograms are recommended for all women over 40, and possibly younger if you are at higher risk for breast cancer.
Mammograms are also used to provide better diagnostic detail of a suspicious area within the breast, or to monitor breast cancer or the effects of treatment.
3D mammography (tomosynthesis)
Radiology Associates of Ridgewood has invested in the latest and most advance form of mammography, known as 3D mammography or tomosynthesis. This technology is capable of finding smaller cancers earlier. In addition to improved detection, 3D mammograms have fewer false-positives and fewer call-backs.
What if I have dense breast tissue? Is an annual mammogram enough?
Dense breast tissue is a risk factor for breast cancer. In addition, breast cancer is more difficult to spot within the fibroglandular tissue of a dense breast. Women with dense breasts may benefit from a supplemental screening option in addition to mammography.