Mammography uses low-dose X-ray technology for the detection and evaluation of abnormalities in breast tissue. There are two types of mammograms -- a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram. In a screening mammogram, breasts that appear normal are checked for abnormality. A diagnostic mammogram involves additional views of the breast, which help physicians diagnose changes.
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital's mammography services are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and the state of Illinois. Each year we perform more than 12,500 screening mammograms, using the latest technology for accurate, comprehensive testing.
Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) - First a radiologist looks at your test. Then CAD takes a second look. By providing physicians with this extra tool, we can improve detection of breast cancer.
Digital Mammography - provides outstanding image quality and clear, highly detailed images of the breast. This new all-digital system is revolutionizing breast care by providing our patients with state-of-the-art mammograms that are faster, easier and more comfortable than ever before.
Digital mammography is a mammography system where X-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electric signals. These detectors are similar to those found in digital cameras. The electrical signals are used to produce images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen or printed on special films to look like regular mammograms. From the patient's point of view, digital mammography is essentially the same as the screen-film system. The mammograms will be taken the same way. Digital mammography is currently available at The Breast Center at Good Samaritan Hospital and through the Lemont Walk-in Center.
Stereotactic Biopsy -- Stereotactic, or X-ray-guided biopsy, is a less-invasive method for obtaining tissue samples for patients requiring additional examination of breast tissue.
For more information about Mammography procedures and exams, visit www.radiologyinfo.com.