We understand that there are conflicting reports around when and how often women need screening mammography. At the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness, we recommend that women at average risk start having annual mammograms at age 40.
“The ACR (American College of Radiology) recommends annual mammography screening starting at age 40 for women of average risk of developing breast cancer. Our recommendation is based on maximizing proven benefits, which include a substantial reduction in breast cancer mortality afforded by regular screening and improved treatment options for those diagnosed with breast cancer. The risks associated with mammography screening are also considered to assist women in making an informed choice.” - via ACR
Breast cancer has historically been detected through self-exams and mammograms, and confirmed by biopsy. Griffin utilizes the latest 3D technical innovations and screening protocols to allow detection of the smallest tumors. If you have dense breasts, additional screening exams may be necessary. To learn more about what this means, see the ACR Breast Density Information flyer.
Mammography You Can Trust
All of our breast images are read by board-certified radiologists who are mammography specialists. This is the most important quality factor to ensure nothing is missed on your mammogram. The quality of our digital 3D mammography equipment is also important and for women in their 40s and/or those with dense breasts. Digital 3D mammography has been shown to detect more cancers. Screening mammography is used for early detection of breast cancer in women without any symptoms. Diagnostic mammography helps characterize breast masses or determine causes of other breast symptoms.
Accredited by the American College of Radiology
Patients can have full confidence in mammograms performed by Griffin, which has full accreditation from the American College of Radiology. In addition, all of the imaging technologists are licensed and certified by the state and have specialized training in all mammography procedures. Studies have documented fewer missed tumors and earlier detection of abnormalities when images are read by a radiologist specializing in breast imaging.
To ensure patient safety, radiation is administered with extreme caution and at the lowest dosage necessary to complete an accurate image.