Why is a regular mammogram important? 

 

Regular mammograms, in conjunction with clinical breast exams and breast self-exams (BSE), are a critical component of routine health care for women. There is no more effective way to spot breast cancer in its early stages than with regular mammograms, enhanced by state-of-the-art technology such as computer-aided detection. Mammography can detect the beginnings of cancer far sooner than women can on their own, even with vigilant self-examination. Mammograms can even detect some forms of pre-cancer prior to the development of a tumor.

How do I prepare for my mammogram?

 

Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit to easily undress from the waist up. Do not use any deodorant, perfume, lotion or powder on your upper body. Using these products before a mammogram may cause white spots to appear on the image and require repeat mammograms.

Screening Mammography with Dr. Meghan Hanson

 

Screening mammograms are routine mammograms for women with no breast changes or concerns. The entire procedure takes approximately 20 minutes. The goal of a screening mammogram is to detect breast cancer when it is too small to be felt by you or your health care provider. If a routine mammogram indicates an abnormality, further breast imaging, such as a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound or MRI, may be recommended. When necessary, we can arrange a surgical consult on your behalf. 

Diagnostic Mammography with Dr. Meghan Hanson

 

A diagnostic mammogram is ordered by your physician when symptoms that may indicate breast disease are found by you or your doctor. It may also be done after an abnormal screening mammogram to better evaluate the area of concern. Diagnostic mammograms require additional views, or exposures, to provide the radiologist with the necessary information.