FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does an ultrasound replace a mammography exam?
Mammography is the gold standard for breast imaging, Ultrasound is meant to compliment it not replace it.
How do I determine my breast density?
To determine your breast density, you will need to discuss scheduling a mammogram and a review of the results with your health care provider. Each person who has a mammogram at Mayfair will receive a Volpara score. Volpara is a program that provides a volumetric assessment of breast density and assigns each person a Volpara score – A (almost entirely fatty) to D (almost entirely dense).
What does it mean if I have dense breast tissue?
Both dense tissue and breast cancer appear as white on a mammogram. Women with a Volpara D score have very dense breast tissue which makes it harder to detect suspicious looking areas, as they appear similar to the dense tissue. During a mammogram the technologist uses compression to help spread out dense breast tissue and make any hidden cancer more apparent. If a radiologist looks at the images and reports no new areas of concern, your doctor may request a Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound or Automated Breast Ultrasound to supplement your mammogram (a second look, or second check, of the breasts). Mammography is still the gold standard for breast imaging, but, in cases of very dense breast tissue, a second look may be needed.