"Who Will Read My Mammogram?"
This is the single most important question to ask before you schedule your mammogram. There is only one right answer-a Dedicated Breast Radiologist-a physician who specializes exclusively in mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and minimally invasive biopsy techniques. At Sibley's Sullivan Center for Breast Health, only dedicated breast radiologists read your mammograms, breast MRI studies and personally perform your ultrasound studies.The Sullivan Center for Breast Health is the only center in the DC, Maryland and Virginia are with full-time coverage by full-time experts.
Dedicated Breast Radiologists Find More Breast Cancers Earlier
Early intervention is key to effective breast cancer treatment and mammograms are among the best tools for early detection. An accurate reading is critical. Studies have repeatedly shown that the best results came from diagnostic centers staffed with breast-imaging experts like our Dr. Rebecca Zuurbier and Dr. Pouneh Razavi.
"At Sibley, all breast images are read by either myself or Dr. Razavi," Dr. Zuurbier said. "We are providing full coverage so patients won't have to worry that their mammograms and ultrasounds are being read by general radiologists. Our expertise means patients are getting more accurate readings, including fewer false alarms."
Click here to learn more about Rebecca Zuurbier, MD, Director of Breast Imaging and Pouneh Razavi, MD, Breast Radiologist, and the entire Sullivan Center team.
For Your First Mammogram
Your first mammogram is important. It is usually known as a baseline mammogram, which provides a baseline reading of what your healthy breasts look like. In order to identify any changes in the breast tissue, your mammograms in years to come will be compared to these first films. That comparison helps identify changes that could signal the early development of breast cancer or other problems.
About Mammograms & Breast Imaging At Sibley
Mammography services at Sibley's Sullivan Center for Breast Health in Washington DC are certified by the American College of Radiology and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These certifications require peer review evaluations of the facility's staff qualifications, equipment and quality control, ensuring you optimum-quality mammographic examinations. The mammography technologists who conduct mammograms at Sibley are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and have advanced certification in mammography. The Sullivan Center For Breast Health provides digital mammography only. Digital mammography was proven by the DMIST study to increase the detection of breast cancer in a subset of women (dense breasts, pre-menopausal) by over 20 percent.
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NCI Screening Guidelines
The National Cancer Institute recommends that women 40 and older undergo a mammogram every one to two years. Women younger than 40 at risk for breast cancer should consult a health care provider about when to have their first mammogram and how often thereafter.