Exeter Hospital is pleased to offer 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis), the latest and most accurate mammogram technology, for breast cancer screening at our Center for Breast Health. Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. This means up to a 40% reduction in call back rates and additional testing for false positives.
The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast. This enables the radiologist to see small cancer tumors that otherwise may have been hidden by other breast structures.
The mammography equipment on the mobile digital mammography van will continue to be digital 2D mammography at this time, but if there are any concerns with your initial screening, you will have your follow-up exam at the Center for Breast Health using 3D mammography.
The American Cancer Society recommends:
- Routine yearly screening starting at age 40
- Have a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) at least every three years if you’re in your 20’s or 30’s and once a year if you’re 40 or older.
- Breast Self Exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20’s
- Report any changes in your breasts to a doctor or nurse right away
All our mammograms are interpreted by board certified affiliated radiologists, doctors specializing in the diagnosis of diseases with the use of x-ray. At the Center for Breast Health, radiologists are on site Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Having radiologists onsite gives women the opportunity to have their questions answered directly. If there is ever a question about your mammogram, the technologist can review your images with the radiologist to ensure the pictures are complete.
There are two types of mammograms, both of which now use 3D technology:
A screening mammogram is an X-ray of the breast used to look for cancer in women who have no symptoms. The breasts are compressed to obtain a clear picture. The technologist will check the digital pictures to insure all the breast tissue is adequately imaged.
Women can schedule their own screening mammogram appointment by calling 603-580-6966. A doctor’s order is not necessary, but you will need to provide the name of your doctor.
To learn more about Screening Mammograms click here.
A diagnostic mammogram is an x-ray of the breast focused on a specific concern or symptom, such as a new lump, changes in the look or feel of your breasts, or persistent pain in the breast. The radiologist will interpret the images and direct the exam. Should you need additional testing, such as an ultrasound, the added exams will be completed and the results of your study will be reviewed with you immediately following the completion of your testing.
You will need a doctor’s order for this exam.
Click here to learn more about Diagnostic Mammograms.
Computer Assisted Detection helps radiologists find suspicious areas on a mammogram. A computer analyzes the mammogram image then displays the picture on a video screen, with markers pointing to areas the radiologist should check more closely. CAD can be helpful when used by a skilled doctor, increasing the rate at which breast cancer is detected. All our mammograms, including mammograms performed on the mobile mammography van are CAD checked.
Visit the American Cancer Society for more information on "Normal Breast Conditions"
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There are services for uninsured and under insured women.