Breast Cancer Screening
Recommendations for general population: We follow the American College of Radiology recommendations and advise women to start screening mammography at age 40 and continue with annual screening mammography.
Screening recommendations, though, should be individualized. We are happy to see patients in our office, review their history and risk factors, evaluate imaging and help design a personalized screening plan.
- Average radiation from a 4-view mammogram is 0.4 mSv (roughly equal to 7 weeks of natural background radiation)
- Computer-aided detection (CAD) is used by Martha Jefferson Hospital.
- 3-D or tomosynthesis mammography is available at multiple locations.
- CAD uses algorithms to highlight areas of potential concern to the radiologist and improve cancer detection rates.
- A board-certified radiologist will still read the mammograms.
- More information about Martha Jefferson breast cancer screening can be found at http://www.marthajefferson.org/mjh/clinical-services-breast-mammograms.aspx
- High-risk populations should speak with their physician or breast specialist about the need to add additional imaging or start screening at a younger age.