Mammography

Mammography at Helena Imaging Center is certified by the American College of Radiology, which guarantees the lowest dose of radiation and highest quality possible exam.

In 2012, Helena Imaging Center introduced Hologic Selenia® mammographic technology to the community. Helena imaging Center mammography is state-of-the-art imaging performed by mammographic technologist, Lori Gittens. Lori has over 30 years of mammography experience and is fully certified. She utilizes personal disposable pads on the already comfort-designed Hologic system for a more comfortable and hygienic mammographic exam.

SCREENING MAMMOGRAPHY:

A typical exam consists of 2 images of each breast, 4 total. The radiation dose is less than the exposure received from a high altitude plane flight (more radiation is received when there is less atmosphere absorbing it).

SPOT IMAGING MAMMOGRAPHY (Work-up):

If an abnormality is identified it is further characterized with 3 additional magnified mammographic images and commonly with an ultrasound of the breast. If the area is still suspicious it is biopsied. This is commonly called a "Call back". If you are called back, we can accommodate you the same day or the next day.


 

INTERPRETATION:

Our board-certified radiologists have over 20 years of experience in reading mammography and supply rapid, accurate evaluations. Many times real-time interpretation is performed allowing work-up of suspicious areas and avoiding the need for callback examinations. 

Interpretation is performed on dedicated 5-megapixel monitors with a “Three Palm’s” mammographic software reading system. The Tabar bar and the driven coordinated segmental mammographic presentation incorporate previous exams from any facility. This system is the most sophisticated in the state.Double reading is routinely performed utilizing computer assisted diagnosis software made by R2 Corporation. Computer assisted diagnosis (CAD) is a form of computer artificial intelligence. The computer itself reads the mammogram and marks areas of concern which the radiologist then rechecks against the original reading for any areas that may have been missed.

 
Doctor Using Digital Tablet

Interesting Breast Cancer Facts:

  • It is estimated that if every woman over age 50 had her yearly mammogram, breast cancer deaths in this age group would drop by 25% or more.

  • The youngest known survivor of breast cancer is Aleisha Hunter from Ontario, Canada. At only 3 years of age, Aleisha underwent a complete mastectomy in 2010 to treat her juvenile strain of breast cancer.

  • Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among American women after skin cancer. It is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer.

  • The incidence of breast cancer is highest in the more-developed countries and lowest in the less-developed countries. The reason for this variation is unknown.

  • The United States has the most cases of breast cancer in the entire world.

  • The first recorded mastectomy for breasts occurred in A.D. 548 on Theodora, empress of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire.

  • Breastfeeding has consistently been shown to reduce breast cancer, the greater the duration, the greater the benefit.

  • Women with high breast density were found to have a 4 to 6-fold increased risk of breast cancer compared with women with lower breast density. That is why breast density is reported in current mammographic readings.

  • Currently, women living the United States have a 12.1% (or 1 in 8) chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer. In the 1970s the risk was only 1 in 11. The increase is likely due to longer life expectancy, as well as changes in reproductive patterns. Also longer postmenopausal life, increased obesity, and increased screening programs.

  • Breast cancer is one of the first cancers to be described by ancient physicians; for example physicians in ancient Egypt described breast cancer more than 3,500 years ago.

 

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