Digital Mammography – Functional Principle
As mammography requires especially gentle procedures, we conduct our investigations with digital technology offering minimum radiation exposure and the best image quality. (See: Digital X-ray)
Digital Mammography – Fields of Application
In the following cases it is necessary to perform a clarifying digital mammography –irrespective of the patients’ age:
- palpable nodes or a hardening of tissue
- palpable enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit
- skin changes, such as retraction or bulging
- nipple discharge
- high risk of breast cancer (patient suffering from cancer, precursors of breast cancer or breast cancer itself in the family, strong genetic predisposition)
Digital Mammography – Process of Examination
It is necessary to know that the compression is important for a good image quality. Therefore, the breast will be cautiously compressed with a Plexiglas plate. Our medical technical radiology assistant discusses the whole process with you and helps you to define the right intensity of compression.
The more the breast is compressed the higher is the image quality and the lower is the radiation exposure. The compression is performed as far as you can accept it.
Regarding each breast there are two images produced in different planes: a top-to-bottom view and an oblique side view. That’s how changes of tissue can be detected and localised efficiently. If there are unclear findings, additional examinations are carried out. After the mammography your radiologist also performs a tactile examination of the breasts and armpits and compares these findings with the X-ray images. This combination makes it possible to improve the diagnostic results.
Digital Mammography – Contraindications
Our experienced team will be happy to provide you with mammography examinations at the following location of RUHRRADIOLOGIE: Our practice in Ennepetal.