Mammography Myth #03: A mammogram will expose me to an unsafe level of radiation.

Sep 30, 2019


Mammography Myth #03: A mammogram will expose me to an unsafe level of radiation.

Fact: While a mammogram does use radiation, it is a very small amount and is always within medical guidelines.

How much radiation am I actually exposed to during a mammogram?

Because mammography is a screening tool, it is highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the Mammography Quality and Standards Act and other governing organizations, like the American College of Radiology (ACR). All of the Suburban Imaging locations that offer screening mammography are certified by the ACR. There is constant background radiation in the world that we are exposed to every day. The radiation dose from a mammogram is equal to about two months of background radiation for the average woman.

Why should you have an annual screening mammogram?

Early detection saves lives. Since 1990, there has been a 30% decrease in breast cancer mortality rates in the U.S., which is due in large part to the early detection of breast cancer through screening mammography.

Suburban Imaging offers both 2-D and Tomo (3-D) screening mammography at three clinic locations (Suburban Imaging – BlaineSuburban Imaging – Burnsville and The Breast Center of Suburban Imaging, which is located in Coon Rapids).  Check with your health insurance plan to verify coverage of 3D mammography prior to scheduling.

To learn more about screening mammography and to find scheduling information, please visit our website here.

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