Mammography is the process of using low doses of radiation to identify any abnormalities in the breasts. At least one out of every eight women is at risk of developing breast cancer during her life span and one percent of all breast cancers occur in men. Regular mammograms and breast self exams have been proven to improve early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
Two types of mammograms include:
- Screening mammograms are performed on a regular basis, usually annually, to check your breast tissue. This type of mammogram typically takes 15-20 minutes to perform and is recommended annually for women age 40 and over who are not experiencing any problems. Ask your physician if you need a screening mammogram prior to turning 40 (i.e., if you have a family history).
- Diagnostic mammograms evaluate a breast change detected by you or your doctor. This type of mammogram is advised for patients who notice lumps, have a family history, are breast cancer patients or have found an abnormality during a screening mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram may be more time consuming because additional images may need to be taken.
We use the latest in digital mammography systems. Digital technology provides more detailed images with less radiation. It also allows the physician to electronically manipulate the images to make a more accurate diagnosis. This technology is not only designed to be more comfortable for the patient, but it also allows the radiology technologist to be with the patient during the entire exam.
We understand our patients have busy lives. That's why we not only make appointments easy and convenient, but we have additional imaging technology at each location to meet your needs, including breast MRI and ultrasound.
If you are due for a mammogram, schedule one today by calling 321.841.5274, ext 0.
It's important to remember to check with your insurance prior to your appointment. You will also need to obtain films from previous mammograms if not performed at one of our facilities. Our scheduling staff will be happy to assist you in preparing for your visit.
Orlando Regional Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center
22 W. Underwood St.
Orlando, FL 32806