Screening Mammograms

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.

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

That’s why HSHS St. Elizabeth's 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. 

Benefits of Digital Mammography

Unlike other parts of the body, the breast is composed mainly of soft tissue. With digital mammography, the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast, using special high-resolution monitors. The radiologist can adjust the brightness, change contrast, and zoom in for close ups of specific areas. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology.

Another convenience of digital mammography over film-based systems is it can greatly reduce the need for retakes. This potentially saves additional time and reduces your exposure to x-ray.
 

3D Mammography

This state-of-the-art technology allows St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to offer 3D Mammograms as a complement to 2D services, for patients meeting certain criteria including those who have a strong family history of breast cancer, and patients with dense breast tissue. Patients considering 3D mammography should check with their insurance provider regarding coverage.

Mammogram Films & Reports

To print a release form authorizing your mammogram films and reports from another breast imaging facility to be released to us, download this form and fax it to that facility. You also may bring it with you to your appointment, and we will make the request on your behalf.