Medical Services

Breast Care Center: Screening Mammograms

A Screening Mammogram is a routine radiologic examination of both breasts performed on a woman who does not have symptoms of breast disease, is not at high risk for breast cancer, and has no present or recurrent breast related problems for the purpose of early detection of breast cancer.

Screening Mammograms are also performed on women who are at high risk for breast cancer, including those with a family history of breast cancer; women who gave birth after age 30 or who never gave birth; or women who have had a history of biopsy-proven benign breast disease.

Screening Mammogram guidelines:

  • Annual Mammograms and clinical breast examinations are presently the best means for

    early detection resulting in effective treatment of breast cancer.

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women

    undergo at least one baseline screening Mammogram between 35 and 40, while women

    40 years and older should schedule an exam annually.

How to prepare for your Screening Mammogram:

  • You should schedule your Screening Mammogram one-week after your menstrual period

    begins, when the breasts will be least tender.

  • If this is your first exam at our center, be sure to bring any previous studies so that the

    Radiologist can review them along with the current study for any changes.

  • On the day of your Mammogram, avoid using deodorant and lotions.

  • Wear two-piece clothing to make undressing more convenient.

When you have your Screening Mammogram:

  • Complete your detailed medical history form.

  • Be escorted into an exam room to prepare for your Mammogram.

  • Meet with our Certified Mammogram Technologist to perform your test.

  • Meet with our Nurse Practitioner to discuss your history, have a Clinical Breast Exam,

    learn how to do monthly breast self-examination, and have any questions answered.