Sterling Regional MedCenter's state-of-the-art digital mammography and compassionate staff will make you feel more confident about your breast health.
To schedule an appointment please call scheduling at (970) 521-3146.
What Is Digital Mammography?
Full-field digital mammography captures the picture digitally much like your digital camera at home and allows the image to be visualized on the computer within seconds.
When should I receive a mammogram?
A baseline mammogram is recommended for all women 35 years of age. A yearly mammogram is recommended for women 40 and older. Please see your health care provider if you have any questions.
For women between ages 40 and 50, the need for a yearly mammogram has been much debated. If a woman has a family history such as a mother, sister or daughter who has had breast cancer, doctor may recommend a base line mammograms at an earlier age.
It is common for a radiologist to find an abnormality on a mammogram that requires additional testing. Our facility will schedule additional mammograms to take a better look at the area in question. Ultrasound is also used sometimes to visualize the abnormal area.
The value of mammography is early detection. Early detection saves lives and, in many cases, also saves the women's breast by identifying the cancer at a very early stage when it is most easily treated and is not life threatening.
What It's Used For
Mammography is used as a screening test for breast cancer. Just like all screening strategies, mammography will not find EVERY breast cancer. You have a better chance of detecting breast cancer early if you do a monthly self-evaluation and visit your doctor once a year for a professional breast examination.
Mammography is also used to image suspicious breast lumps felt by either you or your doctor.
On the day of your mammogram, avoid using deodorants, powders, lotions, perfumes or creams on your breasts or under your arms. Certain chemicals in these products may cause abnormal artifacts on your mammogram that could be mistaken for signs of breast disease.
If you have had mammograms at a different facility and you are transferring to Sterling Regional, bring copies of your previous mammograms with you on the day of your test or have previous films sent to us. The radiologist will want to compare your previous mammograms with your latest digital images to spot any changes in breast tissue.
If you have questions concerning your mammogram, please ask your doctor beforehand, or ask the mammographer doing your exam.
How It's Done
At Sterling Regional, mammograms are done as an outpatient procedure in our Medical Imaging department.
If you have breast implants, tell the Central Scheduling when you schedule your mammogram. Having breast implants requires a longer appointment. A breast with implants must be compressed with special care to prevent the implants from rupturing.
When the mammographer takes you in the room for your exam, you will be asked to put on a hospital gown. The mammographer will take two images of each breast, using compression to achieve the best quality images. You may feel some mild discomfort during this part of your mammogram, but it should not be painful.
After your mammogram, you can return to your normal activities. Your mammogram is interpreted by a radiologist and you will receive a letter from Sterling Regional MedCenter with your results.
If you are of child-bearing age and think there is any possibility of pregnancy, it is important that you inform your physician and tell the technologist taking your X-rays.