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Diagnostic Imaging: Mammograms

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When it comes to breast health, early detection is the best prevention. Women should have regular mammograms beginning at age 40, or sooner if recommended by their healthcare provider. UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown uses 3D mammography to screen for and diagnose breast health issues.

3D mammography uses high-powered computing to convert multiple low-dose digital breast images taken at different angles into a stack of very thin layers or "slices" building what is essentially a "3D mammogram". Fine details of the breast are more clearly visible and no longer hidden by overlapping tissue.

What to Expect During Your Mammogram

A mammogram is a x-ray picture of the breast used to detect tumors and cysts and to help differentiate benign and malignant diseases. It is an important screening tool in a woman's personal fight against breast cancer. During your mammogram, your breast will be placed on a flat surface by the mammographer. A compression paddle will then be pressed firmly against the breast to flatten out the tissue. This may be uncomfortable but should not be painful.

Preparing for Your Mammogram

In order to prepare for your mammogram, please do not wear any deodorant, powders, ointments, or perfumes under the arms or on your breasts. These items may cause artifacts on the images.

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