Digital Mammography is a completely non-invasive exam that utilizes a low dose of x-rays to produce a high-quality, detailed image of the breast and can often detect breast cancer before it can be felt. Digital images are acquired in less time and give the radiologists the ability to magnify and adjust contrast, thus reducing patient re-calls. It also allows electronic transfer of breast images, improving communication between the radiologists and referring physicians. Early detection of breast cancer through digital mammography affords greater opportunity for successful treatment.
Tomball Imaging is an ACR (American College of Radiology) accredited mammography facility using state-of-the-art equipment that emits a very low dose of radiation. The benefits of mammography far outweigh any potential risk from the tiny amount of radiation used to produce the x-ray image. Digital mammography provides improved visualization of the breast near the skin line, chest wall and within women with very dense breasts.
As in routine mammography the exam consists of two x-ray views of the breast, one from above and one from the side. In order to ensure a high-quality image, the breast is compressed for a short period of time which may cause some discomfort but is not harmful. A complete mammography exam takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
Once the procedure is completed the exam is then sent through the iCad computer aided detection to provide a secondary computer-aided interpretation of any areas of concern within the breast.
Who will Perform the Exam?
Female Radiologic Technologists certified by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists and specializing in mammography will perform the procedure. In addition to being specialized and certified within mammography, the technologists are also required to receive additional continuing education in mammography.
This procedure is performed at our Tomball and 1960 location only.
How to prepare for your examination?
Do not apply any deodorant, lotion, powder, ointment, perfume or body sprays the day of your exam.
Are you pregnant? If yes, please notify the scheduler so that we can verify with the radiologist that you can proceed with your exam.
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your exam.
Please contact our office at 281-453-7999 if you have any questions or to cancel or reschedule.
There is a $50 charge for appointments not cancelled with a 24 hour notice.
Please bring any prior breast imaging films with you. This would include prior mammograms, breast CT, MRI or Ultrasound films.