Summit Health uses advanced digital technology for mammograms, which provides a detailed, x-ray picture of the breast. This image allows your doctor to see any changes in your breast tissue that could not be felt during a clinical breast exam. For your comfort during the mammogram, we use the MammoPad® breast cushion.
Why the Test is Performed
Mammography is performed to screen women to detect early breast cancer when it is more likely to be cured. Mammograms are also used for detecting and evaluating breast abnormalities and disease symptoms.
General guidelines for early detection of breast cancer:
- Age 20 and older - do a self breast exam monthly
- Age 20 to 40 - schedule a clinical breast exam every 3 years and do a self breast exam monthly
- Age 40 and older - schedule mammograms every year, do monthly self breast exams and schedule yearly clinical exams
- If you have a family history of breast cancer