Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. When breast cancer is caught in the early stages, the cure rate is very high. A mammogram is a life-saving screening test that gives Randall J. Burt, MD, the power to find breast cancer early in order to provide the best possible care for his patients. At his Plano, Texas practice, Dr. Burt offers 3D mammography in-office, providing fast and accurate diagnostics for his patients.
A mammogram is a test used to detect or diagnose breast cancer. It involves x-ray images of the breast that can pinpoint abnormalities. Dr. Burt uses mammogram for two purposes. First, he uses them for an early diagnosis of breast cancer to improve the chances of successful treatment. Second, for women who have breast abnormalities, lumps, or a recent history of breast cancer, diagnostic mammograms provide more images for a better diagnosis and its location. Dr. Burt uses the latest 3D mammography technology for the highest possible accuracy and reduced radiation exposure.
A mammogram does expose your body to a slight amount of radiation, but the exposure using modern technology is minimal. In fact, the amount of radiation from a routine mammogram is the same amount you'd receive naturally from the environment in three months. It's considered a safe and important medical test. It may cause momentary discomfort due to the pressure necessary to get the best picture, but it doesn't harm the breast tissue.
When you visit Dr. Burt for a mammogram, you’ll be asked to your clothing from the waist up and put on a gown. The technician will take you to the mammogram room, where you'll stand in front of a specialized x-ray machine. The mammography technologist will lift and position your breast on a platform, and the machine will compress it between two special plates. The machine will take 3D x-ray images of the breast using low-dose x-ray radiation. Most mammograms involve a minimum of two images of each breast.
For those who aren't at higher risk for breast cancer, routine mammograms performed every year should start at age 40. Those with a high-risk factor for breast cancer may need more frequent mammograms or may need to start before age 40. People with high risk for breast cancer include:
Dr. Burt will help you determine the best screening schedule to ensure early diagnosis should you develop breast cancer. If you're due for your breast cancer exam, make an appointment with Dr. Burt for an in-office mammogram appointment.