What is a screening mammogram?
Screening mammograms are a routine exam that use digital X-rays to track changes in your breast from previous years and find any signs of cancer in the earliest, most treatable stages. You don’t need a doctor’s referral, and you usually get your results in a few days.
You can schedule your annual screening mammogram at any of the following locations:
If your screening mammogram shows abnormal breast tissue or if you report other symptoms, your physician may want to use a diagnostic mammogram to take a closer look.
What is a 3D mammogram?
Women with dense breast tissue, a strong family history or at the discretion of the physician may be imaged with tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography. This technology uses digital X-rays and computer software, similar to a CT scan, to create a 3D picture of your breast. Tomosynthesis can be used during a screening or diagnostic mammogram.
Your insurance provider can tell you if you have coverage for a 3D mammogram.
Why do you need an annual mammogram?
According to the American Cancer Society, women who have regular mammograms are:
- More likely to be diagnosed while still in the early stages of breast cancer.
- Less likely to need aggressive treatment, such as surgery, to remove the entire breast (mastectomy) or chemotherapy.
- More likely to be cured.
Women who are over 40 should have a screening mammogram every year, according to the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging. If you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, you may need screening sooner. Our genetic counselors can help you determine how standard screening recommendations may change based on your family history and risk factors.
No matter what your breast journey looks like, our team is here to support and empower women in the Tristate community.
If you’re due for an annual screening mammogram, schedule one today on MyChart or by calling (877) 424-5750.
Our Mobile Mammography Unit also provides mammograms at convenient locations near you. See when it will be in your community here.