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MAMMOGRAPHY


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.

What 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 different angles.

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 diagnosis.

Why 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.

Diagnostic 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 mammogram.

What 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.

Implants
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.

Can 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.

When 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.

Your 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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