Mammography is an X-ray examination that 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. Getting a mammogram is still the gold standard for breast cancer detection, and the American Cancer Society recommends an annual mammography screening beginning at age 45. However, women can start breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so, as early as age 40. 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.
Services Available at St. John’s:
- Breast Ultrasound
- Digital Mammography
- MRI of Breast
- Ultrasound Guided Biopsies
- 3D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
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.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Mammography, which detects abnormal growths in the breast, is revolutionized at our sister hospital, St. John’s Hospital Camarillo, 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.