Getting regular checkups and performing breast self-exams are two important ways to keep your breasts healthy.
Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (other than skin cancer). This short assessment will help you determine if you have major risk factors for breast cancer.
What is Mammography?
Mammography is an x-ray procedure that produces an image of the breast. This x-ray image is called a mammogram. Mammography is used primarily for the early detection of cancer and other abnormalities of the breast.
Where Does Mammography Take Place?
Mammograms are at Women & Children's Hospital. This is located on the first floor of the Diagnostic Imaging Department.
Who gives the Mammogram?
At Women & Children's Hospital, mammograms are always done by registered and state licensed Radiologic Technologists.
What Type Of Equipment Is Used?
At Women & Children's Hospital, the Breast Diagnostic Services are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Medicare. The mammography machine at Women & Children's Hospital undergoes periodic quality control checks and an annual inspection by a Radiation Physicist.
Is Mammography Painful?
Since a compression device will be used to position the breast for the mammogram you will likely feel pressure from this device. However, in most instances the discomfort is minimal.
What Do I Need In Order To Have A Mammogram?
In order for a mammogram to be conducted you must first get a physician's order. If you've had a mammogram previously, please have your physician mail your x-rays to us, or you may bring them with you on the day of your appointment. Women & Children's Hospital realizes the importance of mammograms, so we will do our best to schedule your appointment at a time that's convenient for you.
What Else Should I Do To Prepare For A Mammogram?
You should try to plan your mammogram around your menstrual cycle and choose a time of the month when your breasts are not especially sensitive. The best time for most women is two or three days after your period ends. On the day of your visit avoid using perfumes and other toiletries such as bath powders, bath oils, creams, or deodorants as they may interfere with the images obtained on your mammogram. Wear suitable clothing. Since you'll be asked to undress from the waist up, you're advised to wear a blouse and a skirt or pants rather than a dress or one-piece jumpsuit.
To schedule a mammogram, call 337-475-4110.