Mammograms save lives, according to The Center for Diagnostic Imaging. They help women identify cancerous lumps when they are smaller, creating more effective treatment options and a better chance of recovery.
There are two different types of mammograms, preventative/screening mammograms, and diagnostic mammograms. Preventative or screening mammograms are done regularly. Diagnostic mammograms are performed when there is a sign of a problem, such as a lump in the breast or nipple discharge.
In recent years, there have been many variations in the standards for preventative medical testing. A trend has been to lower the bandwidth of testing in some cases. These changes in standards have happened for a few reasons. One of the aims is to reduce a patient’s exposure to radiation.
The Benefits of Routine Checkups
Mammograms can significantly benefit women, especially for those over 40. Doctors also recommend that women do not perform self-examination on their breasts. Screenings can be done on a yearly or bi-yearly basis, but if a woman has a family history of breast cancer or has had some indications or symptoms of issues with her breasts, it is recommended that she get a mammogram before the age of forty or on a schedule recommended by her doctor.
The Necessity of a Mammogram
Most mammograms take about 20 minutes to perform, including 2 views of each breast. There may be discomfort during the breast compression x-ray. Women should try to not schedule a mammogram during the week of their period. A physician will be able to assess how frequently a woman should get a mammogram since it depends on family history and current breast health.
About CDI: The Center for Diagnostic Imaging is one of Miami’s leading diagnostic facilities. CDI has locations in Aventura, North Miami Beach, and South Dade.
CDI is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community through the use of the most highly advanced technology and techniques currently available within the imaging industry. As a premier imaging center in Miami, CDI offers CT scans in Miami, mammograms in Miami, and MRIs in Miami Beach.
For more information on or to set up an appointment with The Center for Diagnostic Imaging, call 1-800-371-0002.