Mammograms are a crucial part of wellness care for women over 40 or who have a family history of breast cancer. The Cary OB/GYN team ensures that Morrisville and Cary, North Carolina, area patients have the best in state-of-the-art 3D mammograms. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.
3D Mammography Q & A
Why are mammograms important?
Mammograms are the best early detection tool for breast cancer that exists today. A mammogram can potentially detect breast cancer long before lumps or other symptoms appear. Early detection is key in beating breast cancer, and regular mammograms can allow you to do that.
When do I need a mammogram?
Cary OB/GYN typically recommends that you have annual mammograms starting at the age of 40. After the age of 50, you can have mammograms every two years instead. Your OB/GYN may also schedule a mammogram if you’re at risk for breast cancer or have symptoms that could indicate breast cancer.
What happens during a mammogram?
You’ll disrobe from the waist up and wear a gown for your mammogram. At Cary OB/GYN, a highly trained technician performs your mammogram. They’ll direct your movements during the mammogram.
You’ll stand next to the machine and then remain still while your breast is compressed. A camera captures a number of X-ray images while moving across your breast.
How is 3D mammography better than 2D mammography?
Cary OB/GYN uses 3D mammography because it’s a newer technology that offers a couple of significant advantages. It’s a simple procedure that only compresses your breast tissue one time. During the compression, many detailed images are captured.
Because so many detailed X-rays are taken, 3D mammography allows your doctor to get the best possible view of your breast tissue. This means that 3D mammography may make it easier to detect cancer, and may also reduce the need for repeat mammograms.
Are mammograms safe?
Mammograms use a very minimal amount of radiation. It’s roughly equal to the amount that you’d get from your natural surroundings in a seven-week period. The small amount of radiation exposure is very worth it because a mammogram gives you valuable (and potentially life-saving) information.
How do I prepare for a mammogram?
Avoid scheduling a mammogram during your period, and also in the week before and after your period since you’re likely to have swollen and tender breasts at those times.
Take a bath or shower before your mammogram, but don’t apply any deodorant, antiperspirants, lotions, powders, or anything else to your skin. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever before your appointment if mammograms are uncomfortable for you.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.