Mammography is the most accurate method for early detection of breast cancer. You can improve your chances of early detection by following these guidelines:
- Do a monthly breast self-exam (BSE)
- Have a clinical exam conducted by a health care professional each year
- Have an annual mammogram starting at age 40, or earlier, if there is a history of breast cancer in your immediate family
- See your physician immediately if you notice any of the symptoms of breast disease
- Discuss your risk of breast disease with your physician
Digital mammography technology provides the highest level of accuracy for even the smallest tumors. With digital mammography, image capture is instant. There is no wait for a film to be developed to ensure the image is clear. It also can be zoomed in for further review. You will receive your mammogram results in 24 hours. But more importantly, if anything suspicious is found, we'll make sure that you receive all follow-up testing - including a biopsy, if necessary - within a matter of days, not weeks.
3D Mammography, or Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time. It generates a stack of 1 mm slice images (“layers”) of breast tissue. Instead of viewing the complexities of your breast tissue in one flat image, the radiologist can examine the tissue one layer at a time. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by overlapping tissue. It is recommended 3D mammography be used in conjunction with traditional digital mammography as part of your annual screening mammogram to capture more breast images.
Types of Mammography
- Screening Mammograms are routine exams done on women who do not have any breast disease symptoms
- Diagnostic Mammograms are ordered by a physician and performed on patients who have clinical symptoms, or when the screening mammogram has shown an abnormality
Schedule Your Next Mammogram at St. Elizabeth
You can make an appointment or just walk-in with the provider order. Parking on the west side of the hospital is available for easy access to the Imaging Center.
Call St. Elizabeth CARE office at 402-219-7123 to schedule an appointment. A physician’s order is required.
Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
3D mammograms and screening mammograms
Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Same day results available for 2D screening or diagnostic mammograms
Understanding Your Mammogram Report
When will I receive my results?
You can wait for your results Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. If you wait for your results and additional imaging is required, it can be done immediately. Same day results are not available for 3D mammograms.
Why is the report sent to me?
Federal regulations require that written mammography reports be sent to the patient by the interpreting physician within 30 days of the mammogram. A report of your mammogram will also be sent to your physician.
If my mammogram was normal, do I still need to have mammograms done in the future?
Yes, in order to maintain good breast health, it is essential to continue having routine mammograms at least once each year.
What if my mammogram was not normal?
Don't panic! Your report may say that your mammogram showed an area of irregularity. Your report will tell you what your next step should be.
Is there any chance I may need other types of testing after my mammogram?
A small percentage of women will receive a report saying that the mammogram showed an abnormality and that additional testing is needed to clarify the findings. The additional tests may be a more detailed (diagnostic) mammogram, an ultrasound, or MRI of the breast. In most cases, follow-up testing proves there is nothing to be concerned about. However, if follow-up testing is recommended, it is important to contact your physician immediately to set up your additional tests.
Other Diagnostic Services
A breast ultrasound, or sonogram, is a test that uses sound waves to examine the breasts. Your doctor may order an breast ultrasound if you have a breast lump found during a breast exam or an abnormal mammogram. This test can help tell the difference between a solid mass or a cyst and look for a growth if you have clear or bloody fluid coming from your nipple.
Breast Needle Biopsy
A needle biopsy of the breast is a procedure in which tissue is removed from suspicious areas and analyzed by a physician to determine whether or not cancer is present. A needle biopsy is performed under local anesthesia. Simple aspirations are performed with a small gauge needle to attempt to draw fluid from lumps that are thought to be cysts. A core needle biopsy uses a larger needle to make passes through a lump to draw out tissue. Withdrawn tissue is further evaluated.
A breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is an imaging test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the breast and surrounding tissue. It produces highly detailed images of the breast tissue and is frequently used to determine whether or not an area of concern is cancerous, thereby avoiding unnecessary biopsies. It does not use radiation (x-rays). A breast MRI may be done in combination with mammography or ultrasound. However, it is not a replacement for mammography.