Digital Mammography

Women First is excited to offer the latest, most accurate mammography technology on the market today. Our 3D Tomosynthesis Mammography equipment is the first and only technology of its kind approved by the FDA, and has been proven to detect more types of breast cancer earlier and more accurately.

This advanced 3D imaging technology, the Selenia® Dimensions® Genius™ 3D Mammography™ from Hologic, allows our radiologists to see masses and distortions associated with cancers and precancerous cells more clearly than conventional mammography, regardless of breast type or density. Fine details are more visible within the 3D images and are less obscured by tissue above or below.

The procedure for a 3D tomosynthesis mammography exam is almost identical to a traditional 2D mammogram— the technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles. In general no additional compression is required; no additional radiation is used, and clients only spend a few extra seconds to obtain each view.

Women First continues to offer 2D imaging using our Hologic® Lorad Selenia equipment. This digital technology also has amazing image quality that is enhanced with intelligent processing for faster acquisition, fewer total exposures, and less patient discomfort. Plus, the added convenience of digital imaging makes information-sharing more timely and improves communication of important information.

Mammogram Services

At Women First, mammogram technical services are provided right in our office by our own staff of Radiologic Technologists. These dedicated staff members maintain up-to-date certifications with the America College of Radiology, in addition to undergoing annual inspections.

Women First is committed to improving our patients’ ability to obtain regular mammograms, so we offer mammogram services to you at the time of your annual gynecologic exam.

Breast images taken in our Imaging Suite are sent to The Women’s Diagnostic Center in
Louisville, where they are interpreted by radiologists specializing in breast diagnostics. Results are usually available in two days and all patients are notified of their results, usually by mail.

We recommend annual mammogram screening beginning at age 40. Please call 6-8 weeks before your annual appointment so that mammogram services can be coordinated with your exam.

Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer is currently the most common cancer in non-smoking women. (While smoking increases the risk of breast cancer, lung cancer is more common in smokers). It is estimated that over a lifetime, one in eight American women will develop breast cancer. Currently mammogram techniques are felt to be the best way to screen most women for evidence of breast cancer.

Mammograms are recommended yearly starting at age 40 for most women. Mammograms become more reliable as a woman ages and her breasts become less dense. Self breast exams should begin in the twenties and performed monthly thereafter. The self exam acts as a “safety net” to catch a mass that might not visualize on mammogram.

Many health care practitioners feel that prevention and diligence are the keys to “cure” breast cancer. A healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise has been shown to reduce risk. Regular breast exams by a health care provider, along with a detailed family history can also increase early detection.

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