Mammography is an X-ray examination which uses extremely low doses of radiation to obtain accurate images of the breasts. It is the best way of detecting small cancers even before they can be felt. The American Cancer Society estimates that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. While the exact cause of breast cancer has not been found, we do know that it is treatable and can often be cured when detected early. Mammography, physician examination and breast self-examination are the three components of a complete screening program for early breast cancer detection.
For women with dense breast tissue, 3D mammography is a powerful technology that enhances our ability to detect cancer and gives physicians a fuller picture than with traditional mammography alone. Compared to traditional mammography, 3D imaging only takes an extra moment to capture multiple images of breast tissue from different angles for a more complete picture.
Getting a mammogram is still the gold standard for breast cancer detection, and the American Cancer Society recommends an annual mammography screening for all healthy women beginning at age 40.
Why is it so important? Mammograms can help doctors detect abnormalities and changes in breast tissue before they start to cause symptoms.
Early detection and treatment of breast cancer can be lifesaving, so let us make it easy for you to take the preventive screening that could make all the difference.
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MRI of Breasts
Ultrasound Guided Biopsies
3d Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Mammography, which detects abnormal growths in the breast, is revolutionized at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital with the use of stereotactic breast biopsy. The surgical breast biopsy provides a less invasive way to detect growths in the breast that may be too small or deeply buried to be felt with breast self-examination.
St. John’s Regional Medical Center Outpatient Imaging Center 1700 Rose Ave., Suite 110 Oxnard, CA 93030 (805) 983-0883 (Our schedulers can be reached Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)