The purpose of screening mammography is to find breast cancer at a very early stage. A screening mammogram is recommended once a year for women of average risk, age 40 and older, who are healthy, not pregnant, and who are not experiencing any breast related concerns. Some women will need to begin screening mammography earlier than age 40 depending on family and medical history.
A mammogram is an x-ray examination consisting of 2 views of each breast taken by a certified technologist. Sometimes more than 2 views of each breast are required. At least 4 views of each breast are required to adequately evaluate breasts with implants. Screening mammography is a quick in-and-out appointment lasting between 15-30 minutes from check-in to check-out. You will receive results through our patient portal and by mail. Receiving results may take longer if your previous mammography was done at another facility. Your primary physician also receives a report of the results 1-2 days sooner by fax, or at the same time by mail.
All screening mammography done at Breast Center of Naples utilizes the latest technology, DBT (digital breast tomosynthesis), which is proven by research and recommended by experts in the field of breast imaging. Research has shown that using this technology improves the cancer detection rate of screening mammography while decreasing the recall rate.