Mammogram, Breast Imaging, and Breast Cancer Screening

Lifespan Medical Imaging

What Is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. A screening mammogram is used in women with no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram is used to investigate for the disease if a lump or other sign or symptom has been detected. Regular mammograms are the best method doctors have to find breast cancer early.

In a routine screening mammogram, two pictures of each breast are taken. In order to achieve the best images possible using the least radiation, the breasts are compressed briefly during the exam. All mammograms are performed on state-of-the-art digital equipment by a technologist who has special certification in mammography. The radiologists who interpret mammograms have specialized training in mammography.

In a small percentage of cases of screening mammography, the radiologist may request the patient to return for additional imaging to better evaluate a particular area. Most of the time, these additional images show nothing of concern. It is important for the radiologist to compare your current mammogram with prior studies.

What Is Breast Imaging?

Breast imaging is a specialized field in radiology that studies the breast. Our experienced team of experts specializes in breast imaging to provide you with the most advanced breast care available. In addition to our board-certified and highly experienced radiologists, your examination will be performed by experienced mammography and ultrasound technologists, who put your care and comfort first. We perform breast imaging with care and compassion.

What Is Breast Cancer Screening?

Breast cancer screening means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. The American Cancer Society recommends that women should have the choice to get an annual mammogram beginning at age 40, and all women at average risk get screened annually beginning at age 45.

Types of Breast Imaging Exams

Lifespan Medical Imaging offers full-service breast imaging screenings as well as diagnostic examinations and procedures.

  • Digital breast tomosynthesis (3-D mammogram)
  • Digital mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast needle biopsy
  • Breast cyst or fine needle aspiration
  • Second opinion review of images/consultation
  • Cryoablation therapy

Recognized as the Gold Standard of Breast Imaging

The Anne C. Pappas Center for Breast Imaging at Rhode Island Hospital as well as Newport Hospital have earned the designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR designation requires accreditation in all areas of breast imaging, including mammography (mammograms), ultrasound, MRI and breast biopsy, and reflects our commitment to providing the highest levels of care and our dedication to improving women’s health. In addition to achieving state-of-the art clinical care, our radiologists are nationally recognized leaders in breast imaging through their work in research and education.

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Have You Scheduled Your Annual Mammogram?

Martha Mainiero, MD of Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital discusses the importance of having an annual mammogram beginning at age 40.

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Research and Clinical Trials

Learn more about the innovative breast cancer research and clinical trials currently being conducted at Lifespan.

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