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Digital Mammography at UPMC

Mammograms are vital to finding and treating breast cancer, benign tumors, and cysts.

When Should I Start Getting Mammograms?

While guidelines vary, UPMC experts suggest starting breast cancer screenings at 40.

We offer 3D mammograms for breast cancer screenings.

Talk to your PCP or OB/GYN about when you should start screening. They may want you to start routine screenings sooner based on your family's health history.

Schedule a Mammogram at UPMC

What Is Digital Mammography?

Digital or screening mammograms are done to find cancer before there are any symptoms. Even if you do not have any breast problems, an exam is recommended and should also be done if you have a personal or family history of breast cancer, benign breast disease, or breast implants. A prescription is not needed for this exam.

Digital mammography is like a standard mammogram, except it doesn't use film. Instead, it uses a digital detector to take x-rays and stores them on a computer.

Screening mammograms produce:

  • Detailed images of the breast.
  • Quicker test results.
  • More precise diagnoses.

What Is a 3D Mammogram?

3D mammograms take many pictures of the breast tissue using a series of x-ray image slices, much like a CT scan. They provide clear, detailed, 3D pictures to help your doctor detect breast cancer.

Your Digital Mammogram Test Results

A radiologist studies your high-quality digital breast x-rays and sends your imaging test results to your doctor via our state-of-the-art computer system. You should receive test results within 7 to 10 days.

You can also view your test results at your UPMC patient portal account.

Call your doctor's office if you have questions about your mammogram results.