Digital Mammography Imaging Services
Mammography is available to all women at McLaren Port Huron
All women should begin receiving annual screening mammograms at age
40. All mammograms at McLaren Port Huron are digital.
is digital mammography different?
Traditional mammograms use a film cassette to record the images,
then the developed film is hung on a light box for the
radiologist to view and evaluate.
Digital mammography images are acquired using computer
technology. The images can be viewed immediately by the
technologist and radiologist on a computer screen.
Film mammography is limited in detecting some cancers.
Digital mammography was developed, in part, to address some of
the limitations in film mammography.
of digital mammography include:
Images are clearer
Images can be enhanced and magnified for further evaluation of
Images do not require film processing
They are especially beneficial to women under 50, pre &
perimenopausal women, and women with dense breasts.
Receiving a Digital Mammogram:
of having a mammogram will not change, as compression is still required.
If a previous mammogram was uncomfortable, consider taking ibuprofen for
several days before your appointment.
Wear a two piece outfit so that you can easily remove your top.
Do not wear any deodorant, body powder, lotion or perfume. These
sometimes contain small particles that can appear as small spots
or shadows, and may look like an abnormality.
Be prepared to complete a personal health history form,
including your family history of cancer and current medications
you are taking.
What happens during the exam?
You will undress from the waist up and wear a special cape. Only
you and a technologist will be in the room during the exam.
Each breast will be compressed between two clear plastic plates
on the mammography machine. Compression allows the best picture
possible by spreading tissues as thinly and evenly as possible
to allow maximum visualization of tissues and to obtain the most
accurate picture. Compression may be uncomfortable, but if it
becomes painful, please tell your technologist.
While the breast is compressed, you will be asked to hold your
breath for a few seconds as several pictures, at different
angles, are taken of each breast.
How do you get exam results?
A radiologist will interpret your mammogram and send a report to
you and your healthcare provider.
During this interpretation, the radiologist compares your
present exam pictures with any previous exams, looking for any
new findings or subtle changes.
All mammogram facilities are required to send patients their
results. If you do not receive them, contact Women's Wellness
Place at 810.985.2663.
Digital Mammography: Concerns About Radiation?
It's understandable that many women are concerned about the
amount of radiation exposure received during their mammogram. Be
assured that the federal government has set standards for safe
levels of radiation emitted from mammography machines.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration enforces the law by
inspection of mammography facilities. Facilities that do not
meet the rigorous standards are not allowed to operate.
Obtain a doctor's order for a screening or diagnostic mammogram.