Conditions Mammography Detects

  • Calcifications
  • Macrocalcifications
  • Microcalcifications
  • Masses
  • Cyst
  • Benign breast conditions
  • Breast cancer

3D Mammography

Digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is similar to traditional mammography, but produces multiple X-ray images to create a digital 3-dimensional look at the breast tissue. This gives the radiologist a clearer view, especially with dense tissue. The medical professional can distinguish more easily between benign and malignant masses. 3D mammography is credited with improved cancer detection.

Digital Screening Mammography

For women not experiencing any kind of irregularities or concerns, traditional Digital Screening Mammography is a safe, low-dose X-ray of the breast designed to identify cancer in the early stages, long before it can be detected by a physical examination. Screening Mammography typically consists of four views – two of each breast.

Digital Diagnostic Mammography

When a screening mammogram uncovers suspicious areas, or a patient is having specific breast problems, a diagnostic mammogram may be ordered. A diagnostic mammogram consists of additional views beyond the standard four included in a screening mammogram. Or, it might involve the new 3D mammogram. The additional views are also commonly used for women who have breast implants because the implant interferes with imaging "through" the entire breast.

Your Mammogram.

During your mammogram, one of our female technologists will position each breast on an imaging plate to apply compression to the breast. Compression aids in visualizing the tissue and helps to see potential abnormalities that could be obscured by overlying breast tissue. You should expect to feel pressure from the compression, in some cases, women who have sensitive breasts may feel discomfort. The compression will only last for a few moments and no discomfort should be felt following the exam. After each view, the breast will be repositioned to optimize any additional views.

To learn how to prepare for your mammogram, click here.

Next Steps.Mammography

After your study is over, the images will be evaluated by one of our Board-Certified Radiologists who specializes in breast imaging. A final report will be sent to your physician who can then discuss the results with you in detail.

Mammography Exams are Performed at:

East Hawaii Women's Imaging Center and West Hawaii Office. However, 3D Mammography is only available in Hilo, at this time.

Home  |  About Us  |  Contact Us
Hawaii Radiologic Associates