Dr. Sim Hoffman has practiced radiology his entire career and has obtained significant experience and expertise in such fields of radiology as ultrasound, general X-ray, nuclear medicine, MRI, C.T., and such special radiology procedures as Myelograms and Arthrograms.
Another area within Dr. Sim Hoffman’s area of expertise is mammography, an aspect of medical imaging which provides physicians the opportunity to identify changes in breast tissue, as well as to locate breast cancer in its earliest stages.
Two basic types of mammograms are currently offered in the medical community. The first, known as screening mammograms, are used most often to detect signs of breast cancer in those women who aren’t experiencing any current problems or symptoms of the disease and generally involve the use of X-rays of each breast taken from two different angles.
The second type of mammogram, known as the diagnostic mammogram, is utilized if the patient is experiencing symptoms, or if a change in breast tissue is shown during the screening mammogram.
Mammograms are generally performed by a machine that takes X-rays at lower doses of radiation than what is emitted during any other routine X-ray. As Dr. Sim Hoffman knows, this small amount of radiation is needed to get the best quality images during the mammogram, so as to provide the medical professional the best opportunity to identify or eliminate the presence of abnormalities.