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A mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts. In a routine screening mammogram, two pictures of each breast are taken. Mammograms are performed with a special digital x-ray machine and special film designed to provide the best possible pictures with the least amount of radiation. To achieve this, the breasts are compressed briefly during the exam.
The examination is performed by a technologist who has special certification in mammography. After the pictures are obtained, they are interpreted by a board certified radiologist.
Radiologists may request additional x-ray pictures or a breast ultrasound to better evaluate particular areas. Most of the time these additional images reveal that a finding is benign. It is important for the radiologist to compare your current mammogram with prior studies.
To improve the radiologist's interpretation sensitivity in detecting small early-stage cancers, The Miriam Hospital also uses a computer-aided diagnostic tool. This method is equivalent to having two radiologists review your screening exam, which improves the cancer detection rate.
For more information, call Sandra Moriarty at 793-4505.