The Heart of Our Service
Digital Mammograms are performed in a private room, this brief procedure
uses low-dose x-ray to find abnormalities in the breast long before they
are large enough to be felt. With consistent screening, a radiologist
is able to compare results with past exam records to spot breast disease
at its earliest and most treatable stage. For this reason, it is recommended
that all women over the age of 40 receive a yearly mammogram to closely
monitor any changes.
The total time for a mammogram appointment is around 30 minutes, and requires
patients to undress only to the waist. While standing, a pair of smooth
plastic plates compresses the breast to provide a clear image with lower
amount of radiation exposure. Two views - horizontal and vertical - are
captured during the procedure. While the compression period is short,
some women find the exam slightly uncomfortable. Other women report feeling
no discomfort at all.
The digital technology used in mammograms at Torrance Memorial is superior
to older film-based mammography, allowing for more accurate reading and
Make An Appointment
To make an appointment at the Breast Diagnostic Center, call 310-517-4709.