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All You Need to Know to Schedule a Mammogram
More than 25,000 women come to St. Elizabeth Healthcare annually for testing through our extensive screening and diagnostic mammography program.* Here are answers to some of the questions we are most often asked by our patients.

What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is simply a low-dose X-ray of the breast.

Why do mammograms hurt?
If you lay a bag of marbles down and take an image of them, you can only see the outermost lining of the marbles. However, if you compress the marbles and take an image, they separate out and you are able to see the circumference of every marble in the bag. This is much like breast tissue; we must compress the breast in order to view the entire tissue.

What is a screening mammogram and who should have one?
Screening mammography is for those who have no symptoms or problems related to the breast. The goal is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms, while they’re still in the earliest, most treatable stage. Women who are 40 and older should have screening mammograms every year, according to American Cancer Society guidelines.

Do you need a doctor's order for a screening mammogram?
No doctor’s prescription or order is needed for a screening mammogram. You can simply call St. Elizabeth Women's Wellness to schedule the test. The results will be provided to you and your doctor.

What is a diagnostic mammogram?
Your doctor may order a diagnostic mammogram if you’re having certain breast symptoms or if you’ve previously had an abnormal screening mammogram, or if your doctor has a specific concern. Diagnostic mammograms always require a doctor’s order and the results of this test are routinely known at the time of your visit.

How can I schedule my mammogram?
Please call Central Scheduling at (859) 655-7400.

How can I pre-register for my mammogram?
Simply click here to pre-register for your mammogram.

*Accredited by the American College of Radiology and FDA-certified for mammography services.

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