The best way to detect breast cancer is through mammography, which can detect smaller cancers than those detected during examination by a physician or nurse. Mammography is a special x-ray of the breast tissue. It allows radiologists to see the internal structure of the breasts and can reveal abnormal growths at their earliest stages. The Breast Center was the first in Northwest Arkansas to offer Digital Mammography with Computer Aided Detection.
- The best way to detect breast cancer is through mammography, which can detect early cancers.
- Most cancers found in their earliest stages are curable.
- Ninety-six percent of women treated for early stage breast cancer are disease-free five years after diagnosis.
At The Breast Center, we offer screening mammograms and diagnostic mammograms as well as a comprehensive array of diagnostic breast services and advanced screening options.
A screening mammogram is recommended once a year beginning at age 40. Screening mammograms are covered by most insurance plans under wellness benefits.
A screening mammogram is performed only when there are no problems. If you have a problem, a screening mammogram is not adequate to determine if it is serious or not.
(A new lump, nipple discharge, discoloration, focal pain that has not been studied before, or a lump that is changing are some reasons why a diagnostic mammogram should be done instead of a screening.)
Click on the link to the right or call (479) 442-6266 to schedule your screening mammogram at our Fayetteville or Bentonville Center.
A diagnostic mammograml includes an advanced mammogram and possibly an ultrasound. The breast imaging physician views the images while you are at the clinic and will visit with you about the results before you leave.
To make a diagnostic exam appointment, you must first consult your doctor about the problem as he/she may want to examine you before any images are taken. You must have a doctor’s order for a diagnostic mammogram. Another reason for a diagnostic mammogram is if the radiologist finds something different in your screening mammogram or decides to “follow” a finding over several months. For this you do not need an order from your physician. Most insurance companies cover the cost of a diagnostic exam, but you may have to pay toward the deductible before insurance will pay.
More on Mammograms
> When is the best time to schedule my mammogram?
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> Frequently Asked Questions about mammograms
> Download Mammogram Guide
> More about Digital Mammography with Computer Aided Detection