Mammography and Digital Mammography
A mammogram is an X-ray picture that shows the inside of your breast and can detect cancer that is too small for either you or your doctor to feel. Mammography is the best way to detect breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage, long before any symptoms occur. A mammogram also may be used to study your breast tissue after you or your doctor discover a suspicious lump in your breast or if your initial breast screening was abnormal in any way. A special mammography machine uses a very low dose of radiation to take pictures of each breast from both top and side views.
Norton Healthcare is proud to offer digital mammography with the FDA-approved R2 computer-aided detection (CAD) system. Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce images that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor, and transmitted and stored just like computer files. The CAD system assists radiologists by digitizing and analyzing mammograms for suspicious areas that may indicate the presence of cancer. With digital mammography, the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast, using special high-resolution monitors. The physician can adjust the brightness, change contrast and zoom in for closeups of specific areas.
Locations for Mammography