The Breast Center at Marshall offers digital mammography services. A mammogram is a high quality X-ray exam of the breast used to detect and diagnose breast cancer and other diseases of the breast. This procedure uses very low doses of radiation. In most cases, a digital mammogram can identify an abnormal breast mass as much as two years before it can be detected by touch.
Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is viewed and, more importantly, manipulated. This allows the mammographer to confirm proper positioning and reduces the likelihood of needing repeat exams. In addition, digital technology offers improved visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line, the chest wall and in women with dense breast tissue.
Screening mammograms are used as a preventive measure for women who have no symptoms of breast disease. A screening mammogram usually involves two views of each breast. Diagnostic mammograms involve additional views of the breast and are used when an abnormality is found during a routine screening mammogram. This method is also used in patients who have complaints including breast mass, pain or skin irritation.
Outpatient department of CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center.
Learn If You Are at Risk for Breast Cancer
Knowing your risk profile will enable you to take control of your health and provide you with the best defense against breast cancer. This free risk assessment will take about 5 minutes to complete. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for nearly 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in US women. Men are generally at low risk for developing breast cancer; however, they should report any change in their breasts to a physician.
Schedule Your Mammogram
To schedule a mammogram, call 903-315-2130. You do not need a physician referral for most physicians.