Lifespan School of Medical Imaging

About Mammography

Every two minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. It is estimated that in 2005, 212,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, along with 58,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

The need for mammography technologists is growing. Mammography technologists work closely with physicians and play a key role in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of patients with breast cancer.

As critical members of the health care team, mammography technologists explain procedures, prepare patients for tests and treatments, and educate women about the importance of mammography in preventive breast health.

Mammography technologists work with the most advanced diagnostic imaging equipment, including digital mammography, which produces images of the breast through computerization rather than x-ray film. Digital mammography provides results that are clear and easy to read.

The Anne C. Pappas Center for Breast Imaging at Rhode Island Hospital is the state's first facility to offer digital mammography.