A diagnostic mammogram evaluates breast tissue when abnormal symptoms are present.It is also used to evaluate hard-to-see tissue due to special circumstances (ie. Some obvious symptoms of breast abnormalities can include (but are not limited to): lumps, pain, nipple discharge, changes in breast shape or size, or thickening of skin or breast tissue.** ABOVE 50% / CATEGORY C and D ARE CONSIDERED DENSE BREASTS.
MENOPAUSE: Density usually decreases after menopause, but not always. BREAST SIZE: Smaller breast size is related to higher density.
ETHNICITY: A greater percentage of Asian women have dense breasts. PREGNANCY/ BREASTFEEDING: Breasts become denser during this time.
Breasts usually become less dense and more fatty with age: Your breast density is determined by the radiologist reviewing your mammogram.
Some provinces now use software to measure a woman’s level of density on a mammogram.
A screening mammogram is a regular check-up for breast health in the absence of adverse symptoms.
It is an important detection tool as it monitors changes to your breasts over time, which can help find cancer in its earliest stage.
CAD searches for abnormal areas of density, masses or calcifications that might indicate the presence of cancer.
It is a ‘second set of eyes’ for our radiologists to improve diagnosis. This is an advanced, state of the art technology offered with certain mammograms.
Finley, who is now awaiting the results of a biopsy, told CTV Ottawa she’s not worried. Women who wish to participate at one of the locations in Vancouver, Toronto or Ottawa need to be referred by their doctor.
To join the study, women must be 40 or older, already scheduled for a screening mammogram, have no symptoms or history of breast cancer and no breast implants.