Mammography: The Latest Technology
July 16, 2017
For years, mammography has stood on the front lines in the fight against breast cancer. But new technology in mammography, together with other cutting-edge breast imaging technology, is making the early detection of breast cancer easier and more accurate. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast radiology expert Dr. Shannon Glass discusses and answers questions about new technology in mammography and breast cancer detection.
- What exactly is a mammogram and what does a mammogram reveal to the radiologist who reads it?
- How often should a woman have a mammogram and how do the recommendations change with respect to a family history of breast cancer?
- Where are we with respct to advances in mammogram technology as compared to five or 10 years ago?
- Explain the difference between 2-D and 3-D mammogram technology.
- UT Health Northeast has Breast Tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography, as well as Automated Breast Ultrasound, or ABUS. Explain how each works and how they are unique?
- Has newer technology made getting a mammogram or other screening procedure less uncomfortable?
- After a standard screening mammogram, some women need further testing. Explain how ultrasound is used.
- Do these new technologies reduce "false positives?" Is there less need now to call patients back in for additional screening?
- Molecular Breast Imaging, or MBI, is another tool that radiologists can use. Explain how MBI helps detect tumors.
- Is it ever too late for a woman to begin having a mammogram?
- If a woman is about to have here first mammogram, what criteria should she use to select where she has it done?