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Allison Breast Center

Virginia's Lowest Radiation Mammograms

Frequently Asked Questions

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At what age should women get a mammogram?

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At Allison Breast Center we follow the guidelines of the American Cancer Society, and encourage women 40 years and older to get an annual mammogram. Mammograms are the gold standard for detecting breast cancer as early as possible, and at Allison Breast Center we find cancers as small as 25th of an inch. (stage zero cancer) . We also encourage post-menopausal women to do self-breast examinations once monthly and premenopausal women once a menstrual cycle between mammograms.

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What is dense breast tissue and which mammography machine gives you an exact measurement?

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Dense breast is comprised of less fat, more fibrous, glandular and connective tissue and appears white on a mammogram. This is normal and nothing to be concerned about; this is a natural variant of breast tissue. If you have very dense breasts we at Allison Breast Center recommend you have a breast ultrasound immediately after your mammogram. This is another way to find breast cancer that might possibly be missed on the mammogram. Elsewhere, as there may be no radiologist on site to make this determination you will probably get a call back letter asking you to take another day out of your busy schedule to return to the facility. We have recently have upgraded our Philips Microdose mammography machines to have the new ones with Spectral Imaging as part our service. This will be able to tell you your exact breast density without the estimation from the doctor.

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Should I be concerned about radiation when I get a mammogram?

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Mammograms have come a long way, especially with the Philips Microdose mammography machines at Allison Breast Center. The amount of radiation you would get if you fly from the west coast to the east coast USA one way with the natural cosmic radiation found at high altitudes is equivalent to the radiation you get in a mammogram. This is up to 80% less than the radiation used other digital machines.

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Is there a mammogram machine that does not hurt?

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Yes, Philips Microdose Mammography Machines. They not only more comfortable, you do not even have to hold your breath. They are also quick and provide world class images. Allison Breast Center is the only facility with these machine in Virginia. Checking one’s own breasts for lumps or other unusual changes is called a breast self-exam, or BSE. This type of exam cannot replace regular screening mammograms or clinical breast exams. In clinical trials, BSE alone was not found to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer. Although regular BSE is not specifically recommended for breast cancer screening, many women choose to examine their own breasts. Women who do so should remember that breast changes can occur because of pregnancy, aging, or menopause; during menstrual cycles; or when taking birth control pills or other hormones. It is normal for breasts to feel a little lumpy and uneven. Because of this, the American Cancer Society recommends BSE be performed at the same time of each cycle, 2-3 days following menstruation. Also, it is common for breasts to be swollen and tender right before or during a menstrual period. If a woman notices any unusual changes in her breasts, she should contact her health care provider.

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What Services Does Allison Breast Center Offer?

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Microdose Digital Mammography with Computer Aided Detection (CAD), Screening, Diagnostic, Consultation, Ultrasonography, Ultrasound guided needle biopsy, Stereotactic needle biopsy, Needle localization, OneScreen Osteoporosis Screening.
Allison Breast Center (804)288-8321