Women's Imaging Services
Mammograms made easy
Regular mammograms help find breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful. The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend annual screening mammograms for women beginning at age 40, and the experts here at CDI agree.
It's your choice where you go for your annual mammogram. When you choose CDI in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas will put you at ease and provide you with the information you need to know about your breast health. Your exam will be reviewed by a medical doctor who specializes in reading breast images.
Mammography is a safe, low-dose X-ray picture of the breast that allows for early detection of breast cancer. Screening mammograms are routine, yearly exams for women with no new breast problems. If you have a new breast symptom or problem, you will need a diagnostic mammogram.
A physician order is not necessary for an annual screening mammogram, but is required for a diagnostic mammogram. All of our imaging centers offer screening and/or diagnostic mammography.
Tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, is another service we provide for screening breast tissue for possible signs of cancer. A 3D mammogram complements standard 2D mammography and is performed at the same time. There is no additional compression required and it only takes a few more seconds. This technology is particularly useful to screen women who have dense breast tissue. During the 3D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images.
During a typical annual screening mammogram (2D or 3D), images are taken of each breast from many angles. Sometimes a follow-up diagnostic mammogram is needed after a screening mammogram to collect more information about your breast tissue. A diagnostic mammogram may take longer than a screening mammogram as it requires more images and different angles to rule out any abnormalities.
An annual screening mammogram is recommended for women beginning at age of 40, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI). The American Cancer Society also recommends that women have the choice to begin mammography screening at age 40. For the complete, updated ACS guidelines, click here.
Center for Diagnostic Imaging centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are operated by Methodist CDI, a Texas non-profit corporation, and are staffed by independently practicing physicians who are contracted by Methodist CDI. The physicians and staff who provide services at the imaging centers are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its afﬁliated hospitals.