What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray image of your breast used to screen for breast cancer. Mammography imaging is designed to detect tumors and other abnormalities and plays a key role in early breast cancer detection and helps decrease breast cancer deaths. When you come to Red Bank Radiologists for your Digital Mammogram you will be given a gown and be asked to undress from the waist up. For the procedure itself, you stand in front of an X-ray machine, designed specifically for digital mammography. The technician places one of your breasts on a platform. Your breast is gradually pressed against the platform by a clear plate. Pressure is applied for a few seconds to spread out the breast tissue. The pressure isn't harmful but you may find it uncomfortable or a little painful. Your breasts must be compressed to even out its thickness and allow the X-rays to penetrate the breast tissue. The pressure also holds your breast still to decrease blurring from movement and minimizes the dose of radiation needed. During the brief X-ray exposure, you will be asked to stand still and hold your breath. Your digital mammography images are electronic and are displayed on a computer monitor for our radiologists to interpret. A written report will be sent to your referring physician within 48 hours. A copy of your results will be mailed to you at the address you have provided.