Our Team of highly trained technologists, with a combined 68 years of experience, provide screening and diagnostic mammography testing for our guests. Screening mammograms, an x-ray of the breast, look for signs of cancer. Diagnostic mammograms investigate possible problems.
What to Expect During a Mammogram
Arrive at the hospital at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to check-in with our Admissions Team. Our female technologists, which are specially trained in mammography, will explain the examination when you arrive in the Imaging Department. At least 2 views of each breast will be taken. Compression of the breast is necessary in order for the most accurate results possible. Expect to be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. The entire exam should take an hour from start to finish. A radiologist will evaluate the test and prepare a report for your physician.
How to Prepare for a Mammogram
- Do Not use talcum powder or underarm deodorants prior to the exam.
- You will be asked to remove all clothing above the waist. We will provide a gown.
"I can't stress the importance of mammograms. The new digital mammograms catch cancer quicker. Early detection is truly the key in beating breast cancer," says Jennifer Johnson, cancer survivor. "In addition to regular mammograms, it is important to know your family history and trust your instincts."
Jennifer Johnson, at 34, is very aware of the dangers of breast cancer. She has always lived with the realization that she could have to face breast cancer in the future. Her mother, Vanessa, died at age 34 after being diagnosed with the disease at age 27. Along with her mother, there have been 11 people, 7 of which lost the battle, in Jennifer's family with cancer. Cancer survivors include her grandmother Lois (breast, kidney and bladder) and aunts Val (breast) and Deanna (cervical). Jennifer's family has been involved in a genetic cancer study for the past 28 years which led to the discovery of her cancer as well as preventative measures for many members of her family. The study concluded that her family carried the BRCA2 gene mutation, putting her at an 85% chance of developing cancer in her lifetime.
"After having my two children, I decided it was time to be tested. To no surprise, the test came back positive," said Jennifer. "I learned that if I had preventative surgeries, my chances went from 85% to 4%. For me, as I wanted to live to see my children grow up, then the surgeries were the only way to go."
At the age of 29, Jennifer scheduled a total hysterectomy and double mastectomy. "About a week before the hysterectomy, I woke up and had an overwhelming feeling that I should cancel it and move the mastecomy up immediately." After the double mastectomy, Jennifer learned that they found a small lump which carried a very aggressive form of cancer. Luckily, the cancer had not yet spread and Jennifer remains cancer free today.