Mammograms are essential to the early detection of breast cancer. Alexandria Clinic is proud to offer digital mammography. The results of a major clinical study of nearly 50,000 women (The American College of Radiology Imaging Network’s Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial, or ACRIN-DMIST) showed that digital mammography is more accurate than conventional film-screen mammography in detecting breast cancer in three groups of women: women under 50, pre- and peri-menopausal women, and women with dense breasts. DMIST investigators also found that digital mammography offers reduced radiation dosage over film mammography.
Additionally, digital mammography enables the technologist to immediately see if the image was taken correctly, freeing the patient from waiting until films are developed or from being called back for additional x-ray exposures after they’ve gone home.
We are also proud to offer 3D mammograms to our patients. A 3D mammogram provides your doctor with a series of detailed images of your breast, allowing better evaluation of your breast tissue layer by layer. This technology can help detect breast cancer earlier so ask your provider if a 3D mammogram is the right choice for you.