At Dalton Imaging Center, our mammography department
is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology. You will
appreciate the privacy, comfort and convenience of our separate
mammography suite. Dalton Imaging Center uses the latest in
technoloy, Genius ™ 3D Mammography™ Genius exams
have been proven to detect 41% more invasive breast cancers, earlier.
And early detection saves lives. Genius exams also reduce the
chances that we will need to call you back for another look by up to
40%. This could help you avoid the stress, time, anxiety and out of
pocket costs for an unneeded follow up.
is a 3D mammogram?
A Mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breast that is used to identify
cancers. It is recommended that women receive a baseline mammogram
at age 35 and annually after age 40. A Genius 3D exam is
very similar to having a conventional mammogram but it is proven to
be more accurate. Like a conventional mammogram, the technologist
will position you, compress your breast and take images from
The difference is that the Genius exam
captures multiple images or slices of the breast from several
angles, creating a multi-layered breast image. Your doctor is then
able to review your breast, one thin layer at a time, almost like
turning pages in a book, which helps them make a more accurate
is a mammogram necessary?
Mammography is used to aid in the diagnosis of breast diseases in
women. An annual screening mammogram can assist your physician in
the detection of disease even if you have no complaints or symptoms.
mammography is used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical
findings, such as a breast lump or lumps that have been found by
the woman or her doctor. Diagnostic mammography may also be done
after an abnormal screening Mammogram in order to determine the
cause of the area of concern on the screening exam. Special coned
down views may also be used to further aid in evaluation of a suspicious
area. Genius exams are approved for all women who would be
undergoing a standard mammogram regardless of age or breast type -or
whether you are coming in for a screening and/or diagnostic
should I expect from a mammogram?
Patients are asked to undress from the waist up and put on a gown.
The technologist then positions the breast and some compression
is applied. Patients may feel pressure and some discomfort as the
compression is applied, however this only lasts a few seconds. Mammograms
are usually completed within 15 to 30 minutes.
Mammography is safe for patients with implants. Extra care is taken
not to compress the implant, only the breast tissue. When scheduling
an appointment, please inform our office that you have implants
so that we may allow more time to accurately perform your exam.
I have a Mammogram during pregnancy?
No. Radiation can be very harmful to an unborn fetus. You should
not have any type of X-rays during pregnancy. If there is any possibility
that you may be pregnant, please inform your technologist.
can I receive my results?
Your results will be faxed to your doctor’s office the same
day as your exam. A radiologist is available to tailor the exam
and discuss any concerns you may have. Dalton Imaging Center will
also provide the films to your doctor’s office upon request.
Because Dalton Imaging Center recognizes that tests and other medical
procedures can be unsettling at times, we make every effort to completely
answer any questions related to testing procedures.
mammogram will be read by a radiologist and a letter with the results
will be mailed to you. A report will also be sent to your doctor.
It is usually possible to obtain your report at the time of your
visit, just ask your technologist.
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