Let's be real: Mammograms can be uncomfortable. But at Luminis Health Imaging, we make the process as smooth and painless as possible. That's because we want you to keep up with your routine mammograms. It's an important test. It lets us find breast cancer early, so we can stop it in its tracks.
If you're aged 40 or older, we recommend a mammogram every year. Once you're 55, you can switch to mammograms every other year. This is because menopause causes changes in breast tissue that makes breast cancer easier to find with imaging.
A family history of breast cancer is one reason why you may want to start breast cancer screening earlier. Talk with your doctor about what is best for you.
What is Mammography?
Mammography is a breast imaging test. Mammography uses low-dose x-rays to take pictures of your breast tissue. This allows radiologists to see lumps or abnormal tissue.
You may think, "Can't I just feel my breasts for lumps?" Self-exams are important, but you still need a mammogram. Your mammogram can find lumps that are too small to feel through the skin.
If the radiology team sees something in the mammography images that doesn't quite look right, we'll recommend more tests. These can include other breast imaging tests or a biopsy. It's natural to worry if your mammogram comes back abnormal. But keep in mind that an abnormal mammogram finding often ends up being no big deal, like a cyst.
Sometimes a screening mammography finds cancer. Routine mammograms let us find cancer earlier, when treatments have a higher rate of success. And when we catch cancers early, we have the best chance to use medications with fewer side effects.
Why Choose Luminis Health Imaging for Screening Mammography?
At Luminis Health Imaging, we know how important mammography is for your health. We also know that you have a lot going on. That's why we offer:
An easy-to-use online system for booking or rebooking your mammography exam.
Reminders when it's that time of year to book your mammography.
Convenient hours, including weekend and evening appointments.
Experts who take the time to respond to your questions or concerns.
3D mammography at all our locations: Our diagnostic imaging center offers 3D mammography to all our patients. What's so special about 3D mammography? In short, it gives a better picture of the breast tissue. This means fewer "false positives." For you, this means you're less likely to have to deal with the anxiety and hassle of having to book extra breast imaging tests.
Trusted expertise: Our radiologists are fellowship-trained in mammography. This means they've achieved the highest level of training in their field. And we bring this expertise to you. You can feel confident your radiology team will pick up on any concerning breast tissue changes. We read tens of thousands of mammography images a year, giving us the experience you need.
What Should I Expect During My Mammography Appointment?
We ask you to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment. This gives you time to park, register and maybe even grab a coffee. You don't have to follow any special diet before a mammography appointment.
For the test, you'll remove your clothing from the waist up. You'll be in a private exam room with a female technologist. For your comfort, we provide a gown that opens at the front.
You can sit or stand for the test. The imaging technologist helps you place your breast on the slate of the mammography machine. Another slate presses down on your breast from above. The machine then gives off low-dose x-rays to create an image of your breast. The pressure doesn't feel great, but you'll be glad to know the squishing part is over quick.
And that's it, all done! Your technologist explains how to get your results and reminds you that an abnormal result isn't likely cancer. If you're a Luminis Health patient, we'll conveniently post your results on your MyChart account.
The entire mammography appointment, including counseling, typically takes no more than 30 minutes. Your doctor contacts you to discuss any next steps.