When I first started working in mammography, I was asked on a daily basis, “How can I find a good mammogram tech?” I had this very basic answer that seemed to be true at the time, but now it seems like every day I hear something new. I am now a firm believer that the best mammogram tech is someone who is honest, knowledgeable, and not afraid to let you down.
You won’t find a better mammogram tech than someone who has no fear. I don’t know how it is in the real world, but in my industry many mammogram techs are extremely afraid of new patients. They are afraid someone will leave them. They are afraid their patients will leave them. They are afraid they will get sued. These are all things they are afraid of. And it’s not a new thing in the industry.
I’m a mammogram tech for a living, so I know there are many others out there who are afraid of new patients. I’m sure if you asked me how I feel about that, I could tell you. It’s not going to make or break me in my profession. My goal is to make sure you are comfortable in your own surroundings, and make sure you feel like yourself.
In the United States, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated that women in their 50s and up get preventive health care from a doctor no more than once a year. (This had been the standard for a long time, but as of the first quarter of 2013, women of all ages are now required to visit their doctor three times a year for preventive care.) But the ACA also required that women of childbearing age get an ultrasound (typically a mammogram) in their 20s.
The reason for this is so that women can get a mammogram as soon as they can, and not just because it’s better for the woman, but because it may prevent them from having a baby if they get a breast cancer diagnosis sometime in the future. The reason for this was to prevent the disease from becoming more rampant.
Mammography is an invasive procedure that is done more than 40,000 times every year. Some women choose to get it done in their 30s when they start feeling suspicious for breast cancer. But some don’t because it’s not worth it, so they don’t. It’s also not the most effective test for detecting disease, and may not give a definitive answer. But it’s a very important test.
Now, the reason why I am writing is that I know enough about this topic to be able to share my thoughts and research. I used to think mammograms were bad, but I’ve seen a lot of doctors and radiation oncologists who have said that they would not do them on healthy women because radiation can cause cancer. So its a good thing that they are being phased out in favor of MRI’s, CT scans, or biopsies.
The mammography test is a very important test because it is a high tech medical test. You can take a mammogram, but you cannot take a MRI, CT scan, or biopsy. Instead, you must have a biopsy, which is done with a needle. Once you get a biopsy, a doctor will take a small amount of tissue, slice it into small pieces, and look at them under a microscope.
A biopsy is like taking a punch out of a human anatomy. I think it’s because a biopsy is the most invasive test, and thus the most dangerous. There are only about a dozen biopsies done each year in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Even so, biopsies can still be dangerous, and I would imagine even a biopsy can be lethal. It is only because of this that biopsies are so important.
With a biopsy your doctor will probably be able to get at least a few important things out of your body. For instance, doctors are now able to get a much more accurate idea of the health of your prostate gland, which has a tendency to cause urinary incontinence. They can also see the size of your cancer. This is important because a tiny cancer is sometimes the cause of death.