Lompoc Valley Medical Center has the latest state-of-the-art equipment for performing digital mammography.
Mammography is a special type of imaging that uses small doses of X-ray radiation to find breast cancer in its earliest stages. Mammograms utilize specialized equipment to effectively record images of breast tissue that will record small abnormalities before you ever notice symptoms.
It is commonly recommended that women receive yearly mammograms after the age of 40, even if they do not have any noticeable symptoms or family history of breast cancer. Annual mammograms can detect cancer early which is when it is most treatable.
We currently offer mammogrpahy services at the following locations:
Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Hospital
1515 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436
Call us anytime: (805) 737-3375
Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Laboratory and Imaging
The same high quality diagnostic imaging technology and services in an calming outpatient setting.
1111 E Ocean Ave Suite 2, Lompoc, CA 93436
Call us anytime: (805) 735-3608
For women, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, and these decreases are believed to be the result, in part, of earlier detection and improved treatment.
Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. (Radiology Info. org)
Types of Breast Cancer Screenings
Traditional mammography takes just a single image. A more advanced form of technology is now available- the 3D mammogram. This is an FDA-approved procedure that takes multiple X-rays of the breast in order to create a complete 3-Dimensional picture.
A new service at LVMC offers patients access to three-dimensional imaging technology for mammograms. The GE SenoClaire breast tomosynthesis machine provides improved accuracy in finding the shape, size, and location of any irregularities in the breast.
While you’re getting a mammogram, you probably won't notice the difference between a traditional and a 3D type of test. It will take only a few seconds longer for 3D mammography system to image the multiple layers of tissue.
We are excited to offer our community 3D mammography. This new imaging device will help the Radiologist find cancers even smaller than was possible with regular digital mammography alone. LVMC’s machine is one of about 200 units installed in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
The new technology is helpful for women with dense breast tissue, enabling the detection of small cancers and creating more defined images of larger tumors that previously might have been obscured using 2-D mammograms.
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