Mammography services at Lake Region Heathcare offer effective diagnostics in a manner that is considerate of each woman’s needs.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. Mammograms use a very low dose of radiation to help detect tumors, masses, calcifications and other abnormalities in the breast.
Usually, screening mammograms are performed routinely on women over age 40 with no apparent symptoms of breast cancer (such as annually or every other year). Diagnostic mammogram may be recommended when more in-depth study is needed (for example, when a lump can be felt). Compared to the screening mammogram, the diagnostic mammogram will take a greater number of x-rays to look for unusual masses. Ultrasound is commonly used as a follow-up to mammography.
A minimally invasive breast biopsy may be a next step after diagnostic mammography. The biopsy provides more analysis than the mammogram.
Our comprehensive breast mammography services include routine screening mammograms and more comprehensive diagnostic mammograms.
How to Prepare for Your Procedure
On the day of the exam, please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. Please wear a blouse or top. Do not use deodorant, powder, perfume, creams or lotions on your breast or under arm area. Residue from the products may interfere with mammogram results. The mammogram procedure takes twenty-five (25) minutes to perform. Depending on the view of your breast to be taken, you will be asked to sit or stand. Some women may experience slight discomfort, but the procedure is not harmful and will not damage breast tissue.
- Board-certified radiologists (MDs).
- Licensed radiological technologists with sub-specialization in mammography.
- Registered nurses.
- Highly qualified and experienced support staff consisting of secretaries, transcriptionists, and transporters.
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