Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in their lifetime.
Regardless of family history, the two most common risk factors for breast cancer are: 1. Being a woman and 2. Getting older.
A mammogram uses low-dose X-rays to capture a picture of breast tissue to screen for breast cancer, identify changes in the breast tissue before a lump can be felt and find a lump's location before a biopsy or surgery. Stone Hospital Center also offers digital mammography—for the highest degree of clarity and accuracy.
Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Mammography
StoneSprings Hospital Center has been recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for excellence in mammography. This prestigious accreditation identifies our team as meeting rigorous national standards of excellence and is evidence of our commitment to outstanding patient care.
How You Benefit from Digital Mammography
Digital mammograms offer several advantages over traditional mammograms, including:
- Quicker exams (as little as half the time of film images) with real-time images that can be displayed in seconds
- Lower radiation doses
- Better image quality for younger women and those with dense breast tissue; improved imagery near the skin line and chest wall
- The ability for physicians to manipulate images with our computer-aided diagnosis system for better views, reducing the need to call you back for additional images
- If a second opinion is needed, the physician can share images instantaneously with a consulting physician to ensure the most accurate diagnosis
A board-certified radiologist who specializes in breast imaging will analyze the images and report the results to your physician.
What to Expect
The day of your mammogram, we ask that you use no deodorant, perfumes, lotions or powders on your underarms or breasts. You’ll be asked to undress from the waist up, so we suggest wearing a two-piece outfit for your convenience. Otherwise, there’s no special preparation for a routine mammography, which usually takes less than 30 minutes.
Your mammogram is reviewed the same day by a physician specially trained in breast imaging. Typically, about 10 percent of women who have a screening mammogram are asked to return for additional views or testing. If additional views are needed, our staff will call you to arrange a convenient time for you to return. During your return visit, a physician will review your results with you and discuss any further recommendations.
Get more information about mammography, including what to expect and when to call your doctor, at our online Health Library.