Breast Imaging Services
Our services include imaging programs that have been designed to meet the needs of individuals with breast cancer, patients who have benign breast disorders, and also healthy women.
Our local reputation for clinical excellence and offering all of the latest in breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), high-resolution breast ultrasound and digital mammography is well-established.
For women who do not have any breast cancer symptoms, a physician referral is not needed for a mammographic breast cancer digital screening exam. Results are made available very quickly.
When referred by a physician, ultrasound and/or diagnostic digital mammography are used for evaluating women who have symptoms such as nipple discharge, a breast lump or breast pain.
Your test results will be discussed with you by your referring doctors, and you will also be given the results in writing.
It has been shown that a breast MRI is very useful for women with high risk for breast cancer. Digital mammography is used in conjunction with it. Our dedicated breast MRI is housed within the Center for Breast Care, which makes other necessary breast exams and scheduling easy to do.
A mammogram is an X-ray photograph of the breast. The mammogram is used by doctors to look for early breast cancer signs.
Having mammograms done on a regular basis is the best type of test that physicians have for early detection of breast cancer. It can be found up to three years earlier with a mammogram than it can be felt. When a woman’s breast cancer is detected early, she has a good chance of leading a long and healthy life.
When should you get a mammogram?
It is recommended by the U.S. Preventative Task Force that women ages 50 to 74 years old should have a mammogram done every two years. Speak with your health care professional if there are any changes to your breast, or you have any breast symptoms or the condition runs in your family. Your provider might recommend you have a mammogram before you are 50 years old or more frequently than normal.
How are mammograms performed?
You will stand facing a special X-ray machine. Your breast will then be placed onto a plastic clear plate by a technologist. Then another plate is used to press your breast firmly from above. Your breast is flattened by the plates, and they hold it still as the X-ray is taken. You will be able to feel some pressure. Then your other breast is X-rayed using the same technique. Then the steps are repeated in other to get side views of both breasts. The technologist will then check all four of the X-rays to ensure that none of them need to be re-taken. The technologist will not be able to tell you what the results are for your mammogram.
So what will a normal mammogram look like? Keep in mind that every woman’s mammogram can look slightly different since all breasts are somewhat different.
What does it feel like to have a mammogram?
For most women, it is uncomfortable to have a mammogram done. Some women even find them to be painful. However, it only takes a couple of minutes to have a mammogram done. So the discomfort is very short-lived. How much pain you feel will depend on how skillful your technologist is, how large your breasts are, and how much they have to be pressed. In addition, if you have your period or are about to get it, your breasts might be more sensitive. Your mammogram will be read by a radiologist. She or he will look at your X-rays for early breast cancer signs or other potential issues.
When will I receive my mammogram results?
Your mammogram will be read by a radiologist. Then he or she will report the results to your doctor or to you. You will hear from the mammography facility staff earlier if there are any concerns. If within 30 days you haven’t received a report of your results, contact the mammography facility or your health professional.
What happens next if the results from my mammogram are normal?
Continue having regular mammograms done. Mammograms work the best when previous ones can be compared with them. That way your doctor will be able to compare them and search for any potential changes taking place in your breasts.
What if my mammogram results are abnormal?
Do not panic if your results are abnormal. It doesn’t always mean you have cancer when you get an abnormal mammogram result. However, it will be necessary for you to have additional exams, tests or mammograms before your doctor will know for certain. You might get referred to a surgeon or breast specialist. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need surgery or have cancer. When it comes to diagnosing breast problems, these types of doctors are experts.
Tips For Having A Mammogram Done
Try to avoid having your mammogram done during your period or the week before. Your breasts might be swollen or tender at that time.
On the day that you are having your mammogram done, don’t wear powder, perfume or deodorant. Those types of products might appear as white spots on your X-rays.
Many women prefer wearing pants or a skirt and top, instead of wearing a dress. For your mammogram, it will be necessary for you to be undressed from your waist up.