WHAT IS MAMMOGRAPHY?
Mammography is an x-ray exam of breast tissue. The image produced is called a mammogram. A mammogram can help detect problems with your breasts. There’s a small amount of radiation with mammography. The benefits of this test far outweigh any risks.
The recommended guidelines for regular mammogram screening start at age 40 unless otherwise directed by your primary care provider. For 40 and over it is every year. Know your family history of breast cancer and talk with your provider, also perform monthly self-breast exams.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Early detection increases your chance of an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. The best defense is early detection and diagnosis, made possible through an annual mammogram screening. We are committed to matching our compassionate care for women with state-of-the-art technology. We are pleased to offer wide-angle 3D True Breast Tomosynthesis, otherwise known as 3D breast imaging. 3D breast imaging offers earlier and more accurate detection of breast cancer by allowing clearer images of the breast that helps the radiologist look inside the breast layer by layer, leading to better detection.
HOW IT WORKS
The breast is compressed under a paddle as images are taken of the breast. 3D breast imaging takes x-ray pictures of each breast from many different angles. Those images are sent to a computer and are assembled into three-dimensional images of the breast. The results are clearer images that lead to a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
BEFORE YOUR TEST
A mammogram is a simple test that requires only a little planning. Schedule the test for one week after your period when your breasts are less tender by calling 715-822-7390. No referral is needed. Know that any discomfort will be very brief. Also, make sure your clinic gets your last mammogram if it was done somewhere else. This lets the doctor compare the two. On the morning of your test, wash your breasts and underarms, but don’t use deodorant, powder, or perfume.
LET THE TECHNOLOGIST KNOW IF
- You are pregnant or think you may be
- You have breast implants
- You have scars or moles on or near your breasts
- You have had a breast biopsy or surgery
- You are breastfeeding
DURING YOUR TEST
You will need to undress from the waist up. The technologist will then position your breast to get the best test results. During the exam, each of your breasts will be compressed. You may feel some discomfort, but compression helps get the most complete x-ray image. Once the exam is done, the technologist may have you wait a few minutes to make sure the images are readable.
AFTER YOUR TEST
You can return to your normal activities right away. Sometimes, more pictures may be needed. You will be called to schedule them. You should be notified of your test results in writing. Ask about this on the day of your appointment.