Mammograms are available at both Boca Raton Urgent Care & Imaging Center locations
Holy Cross Urgent Care and Imaging Center offers digital mammography. Mammography is an X-ray that provides the sharpest images available of the breast's inner structure. Digital mammography allows the image to be viewed and manipulated on a computer screen, which improves accuracy. The advanced screening capability of a mammogram greatly improves survival of women because it detects much smaller tumors than those that can be felt by women themselves or by the most experienced physicians. Early detection is key in fighting cancer before it can spread to other parts of the body.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends annual mammograms for women beginning at age 40.
3D Mammography (TM) Technology
The Boca Raton location of the Holy Cross Urgent Care and Imaging Center offers the 3D Mammography (TM) brand breast tomosynthesis system.
Digital tomosynthesis (pronounced “toh-moh-SIN-thah-sis”) creates a 3-dimensional picture of the breast using X-rays. Digital tomosynthesis of the breast is different from a standard mammogram in the same way a CT scan of the chest is different from a standard chest X-ray. Or think of the difference between a ball and a circle. One is 3-dimensional, the other is flat.
Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.
Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40% higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone. Tomosynthesis technology gives radiologists increased confidence with up to a 40% reduction in recall rates.
The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.
A separate order is not required for tomosynthesis, however, your physician may specify on your prescription that a screening or diagnostic mammogram with tomosynthesis is ordered. Medicare covers tomosynthesis for its beneficiaries effective January 1, 2015. For non-Medicare patients, other payers have been slower to approve and additional charges may apply.
Learn more about 3D Mammography (TM) brand breast tomosynthesis: Frequently Asked Questions.
Mammograms are currently offered Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.