Screening Mammography

The American Cancer Society guidelines recommend that women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year. Screening mammography offers the best chance of finding breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early means more treatment options and a better chance for a cure.

For more information on the services provided at St. Anthony's Women's Wellness Center visit here.

Early detection is the best way to protect against breast cancer. 

That’s why HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital is transforming breast cancer screening and detection with the latest 3D mammography technology and a focus on your comfort. Our goal is to make breast health as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Instead of reviewing the breast tissue in a single, flat image, this technology folds together a series of images to create a 3D view, allowing doctors to see the tiniest details and find cancer in its earliest stages. 

Advanced 3D Mammography

This state-of-the-art technology provides the clearest possible images for early and accurate detection of breast cancers. This revolutionary process allows your physician to better distinguish masses or tissues that might be cancerous. 3D mammography allows the breast to be viewed in a series of layers, allowing the radiologist to more accurately interpret the images. 

The use of 3D mammography has proven to significantly reduce false positive callbacks and to be more accurate in detecting breast cancers early.

Diagnostic Mammography

Diagnostic mammograms are used to check specific breast changes found on physical exam or a screening mammogram. If you experience any of the following, please see your physician immediately:

  • Lump or swelling
  • Skin dimpling
  • Pain or tenderness in the breast
  • Unusual nipple discharge
  • Rash of the breast area that will not go away

A diagnostic mammogram requires a physician order.

Three Convenient Locations

HSHS St. Anthony's Women's Wellness Center
HSHS St. Anthony's Health Center - Mattoon
and inside Effingham Obstetrics & Gynecology at 912 North Henrietta Street, Effingham.

Your physician may request that you have a mammogram and make arrangements for your study. If you are 40 years of age or older, you can contact the Women's Wellness Center or St. Anthony’s Diagnostic Scheduling directly and ask to be scheduled for a mammogram. You may only schedule yourself for a mammogram if you have no symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, please schedule an exam with your physician. 

Preparing for Your Mammogram

Click here for more information on preparing for your mammogram. St. Anthony's is a Softer Mammogram Provider

Notification of Results

St. Anthony’s will send results to you and your physician. If you require additional testing, results will be sent to you for each exam. St. Anthony’s sends a reminder notice to you when it is time for your yearly mammogram.

Mammography Procedure

Two views of each breast are routine. Compression of the breast with a plastic plate is needed to get the best possible image. Compression may be uncomfortable, but it only lasts a few seconds and can be reduced at any time by patient request. To minimize the discomfort, a MammoPad® provides a soft cushion. A small amount of women will need further testing because of changes seen on their mammogram. The additional testing can include:

  • Magnification views
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI