A mammogram is a low dose x-ray of breast tissue. The image that the mammogram produces can help detect problems with your breasts, such as cysts or cancer. Comparing past and current mammograms can also show changes in the breast tissue that could be a sign of very early breast cancer. When used with physical examination of the breast, mammography has proven to be effective in saving lives.
Austin Regional Clinic’s digital mammograms are conducted at ARC Far West where we have designed an imaging suite in the Radiology Department with a private changing area and waiting room specifically for women’s imaging.
Mammogram appointments are available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8:00am - 5:00pm, and Tuesday and Friday, from 7:00am - 3:30pm.
Who is at Risk for Breast Cancer?
Both women and men can get breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the US. It is also a leading cause of death from cancer. Men have a very small amount of breast tissue right under the nipple. While rare, men’s breast tissue can develop cancer, just like a woman's breast.
You may be more likely to get breast cancer if you:
- Are over age 50
- Have had breast cancer or some non-cancerous breast diseases
- Have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer (especially mother, sister, or daughter, but also from other relatives on either your father’s or mother’s side)
- inherited certain genes - more common in people with Eastern European Jewish ancestors
- had your first menstrual period before age 12
- stopped having periods after you were 50
- never had children or had your first child when you were over 30
- have had radiation treatments to your chest area
Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends the following guidelines for breast cancer screening of women without symptoms:
- Clinical Breast Exam by a health care professional every 3 years for women aged 20 to 39, and annually for women age 40 and over.
- Breast Self-Exam monthly for all women age 20 and over.
- A mammogram every year for all women age 40 or over.
Digital mammography allows the radiologist to magnify images, increase or decrease the contrast, and invert the black and white values while reading the images. This lets the radiologist evaluate microcalcifications and focus on areas of concern. It should also reduce the time patients spend in the imaging suite and reduce the need for repeat exams. With no film to develop, digital mammograms are faster than film mammograms and digital images can be easily stored and transferred electronically. The National Cancer Institute did a study
comparing film and digital mammography, and concluded that digital mammography is more accurate than film at helping to diagnose cancer in women under age 50, and women who have dense (not fatty) breast tissue. Digital mammography uses less radiation than traditional film mammography, reducing a woman’s lifetime exposure to radiation associated with x-rays.
The FDA inspects and certifies our mammography facility. FDA certification means the clinic's equipment and staff meet federal standards and that your mammogram will be safe and of high quality.
The National Cancer Institute
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Locations & Providers
6835 Austin Center Blvd
Austin, TX 78731