Holy Cross Hospital FAQ
Why the switch to digital mammography?
Digital mammography was developed for many important reasons. The system transfers images to a computer so they can be electronically enhanced. Your doctor can zoom in, magnify and optimize different parts of the breast tissue using just four standard pictures. Also, special software allows your doctor to view the entire breast on one image.
How do digital mammograms differ from conventional film?
The steps involved from your perspective will be very similar. How the images are captured and what healthcare providers can do with them sets digital apart. Digital mammograms let your doctor focus in on the areas of concern, which enhance readability and interpretation of the image. And digital allows the image to be stored and transferred throughout the care network.
When should I have a mammogram?
If you're a woman 40 and over, you should have a mammogram every year to check for abnormalities or lumps that may indicate early stages of breast cancer. Mammograms can see cancerous lesions earlier than you can feel them with a self-exam.
How long will my digital mammogram take?
It will take about 10 to 15 minutes for your healthcare provider to acquire the images. The compression and positioning are the same as traditional mammography but with less waiting time and far fewer call backs-a 20 to 30 percent reduction in call backs. Your doctor will know right away if the image positioning is correct.
I've heard that digital mammography is better for patients who have dense breasts.
What is the difference between dense and fatty breasts?
Your breast contains varying amounts of glandular (dense) tissue and fatty tissue. The more glandular tissue, the denser the breast. Digital mammography is better for imaging dense breast tissue than a traditional film method.
Does a digital mammogram involve any radiation?
The amount of radiation you'll receive is approximately the same as with a traditional film mammogram, but may be less if you have very dense breast tissue.
Is there anything I can do to make the exam go more smoothly?
It's best not to wear deodorant or powder the day of your exam since it could affect the image. Also, wear a two-piece outfit because you'll need to undress from the waist up. And, schedule your mammogram shortly after the end of your period to ease any discomfort.
How do I get my digital mammography images?
1) Call the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at 954-351-7800 and follow the prompts.
2) Fax your request to 954-229-8047 with the following information:
Date of birth
Contact Phone Number
Which record/image you are requesting
You may request to pick up your records/images or have your records mailed to you. If you would like to pick-up your records/images, please allow at least 24-hour notice for processing. Patients will be notified when the records/images are ready for pick-up.
Where is the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center located?
We are located at the Holy Cross HealthPlex:
1000 NE 56th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
What routine exams are suggested for women over the age of 18?
Once a woman turns 18, she should begin a yearly exam with a gynecologist, which will include an annual pap smear and breast exam. For women over 40, it is highly recommended that the patient also receive an annual mammogram. These services are all available at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center.