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Digital Mammography

Digital Mammography is a mammography system where x-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electric signals. These detectors are similar to those found in digital cameras.

The electronic signals are processed into electronic images of the breast and are stored directly in a computer, allowing the recorded data to be enhanced, magnified, manipulated, and shared for further evaluation.

Both digital and film mammography use X-rays to produce an image of the breast. However, digital mammography uses less radiation to produce the same image.

Routine Screening Mammograms

Routine screening mammography is performed on a yearly basis as an early detection for breast cancer in women. The patient is given a gown and asked to disrobe from the waist up. There are four images taken from different angles to look at the breast. The technologist will explain the procedure and offer an opportunity to ask questions.

Diagnostic Mammograms

Diagnostic mammography is performed when the doctor has found a problem such as a lump, pain, or some other concern involving the breast tissue. The patient is given a gown and asked to disrobe from the waist up. There are four images taken from different angles to look at the breast. The technologist will explain the procedure and offer an opportunity to ask questions.

Breast Ultrasound

Sometimes it is necessary to do an ultrasound of the breast following a mammogram or in younger patients. This exam is used to see the internal structure of the breast to evaluate if a mass is cystic or solid in order to follow up on any lumps or abnormalities the patient may have felt, or following a routine mammogram or breast exam. The patient will be asked to disrobe from the waist up and use a mammogram gown. The gown will be slipped off the shoulder of the affected side exposing only the breast tissue in question. A female technologist or family member may be present in the room with the patient while the exam is in progress.

Needle Localized Biopsy

A biopsy is minor surgery to take a tissue sample of the breast. The tissue is then tested in a pathology laboratory to see if it is cancerous or not.

Cabinet Peaks Medical Center
Imaging Services
209 Health Park Drive
Libby, MT 59923
(406)283-7080


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