Digital Mammograms Evaluated by Experts
SCCA was the first to offer digital mammography in Seattle. Digital mammography captures X-ray images digitally which radiologists can read and manipulate right away for a more accurate diagnosis.
Recent studies have shown that digital mammography detects up to 28 percent more cancers than film mammography in women 50 years of age and younger, pre- and perimenopausal women, and in women with dense breast tissue. A 28 percent increase in accuracy means earlier detection, and most importantly, a better chance of a cure.
“This technology is better at finding breast cancers, gives fewer false positive results, and is more comfortable for the patient,” says Constance Lehman, MD, PhD, director of Breast Imaging at SCCA.
The doctors who read mammograms are all board-certified radiologists who are also fellowship-trained specialists in breast imaging and who read thousands of mammograms a year. Numerous studies show that doctors who specialize in mammography are more accurate at interpreting the images when compared to physicians with less experience.
At SCCA, we have two locations for mammography: The Women’s Center at the SCCA clinic and our Mobile Mammography Service. This convenient alternative will make regular visits to UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics, Safeway stores, and other locations. Read more about the MammoVan.
Even though most breast lumps are benign, when a woman discovers a suspicious lump or other concern, it can be a stressful experience. At the Women’s Center we understand this.
The Women's Center has three digital mammography rooms, each with its own changing room. If further studies are needed, the Women’s Center offers emotional support, same-day biopsies, and a team of experts standing by to assist in every way possible.