|Our new Breast Imaging
Clinic is fully outfitted with digital mammography capabilities.
With the conversion to full digital mammography, your appointments
are three times faster than before while increasing the high quality
standard of care that you are used to receiving. The shorter
appointments reduce the amount of time you need to take out of your
busy schedule for this very important exam.
|What is Mammography?
|Mammography is a
specific type of imaging that uses low dose x-rays to examine
breasts. A mammography exam, also called a mammogram, is used to
help in the early detection and diagnosis of breast disease.
|In keeping with the
recommendations of the American Cancer Society, we recommend yearly
screening mammograms beginning at the age of 40. If you feel a new
or unusual lump during your monthly breast self exam, have nipple
discharge, dimpling or puckering of the skin on your breast, or any
other irregularities please consult with your physician to have them
prescribe a mammogram before your annual exam is due.
|We care about the time
you spend with us, so to help optimize that, we are able to schedule
your mammogram, Pap smear and bone densitometry (DEXA) all on the
same day. Just call 719-457-CARE (2273) to schedule your mammogram
and Pap smear. After your mammogram we can work you in for your
bone densitometry. If you feel more comfortable with a bone
densitometry appointment then you can always call Nuclear Medicine
at 719-526-7350 to set that up.
|To help fit a
mammography exam into your busy schedule we offer mammograms as late
as 5:20PM, Tuesday through Fridays, in addition to Saturday
|After your mammogram is
completed, notification of your results will be mailed to you within
two weeks. If 30 days or more have elapsed since your exam and you
have not received your results please call the Radiology Department
|How do I prepare for my Mammography
|Below are some of the
exams performed here and their required preparation. If your exam
is not listed or you have further questions please contact us at
719-526-7886 for guidance.
Digital Stereotactic Breast Core Mammotomy and Biopsy
Needle Localization prior to Surgical Biopsy
Follow up breast imaging for Core Biopsies, Surgical Biopsies and
related breast concerns
|Please do not wear any deodorant,
powders or lotions in the underarm or chest area on the day of your
scheduled mammogram. These products could mimic certain signs of
early breast cancer or other abnormalities.