Taking care of women and their health care needs is a priority at Progress West Hospital. Our comprehensive mammography service includes screening and diagnostic mammography and breast ultrasound – important tools for your breast health – provided in the warm, comfortable atmosphere of our mammography suite.
A mammogram, or low-dose X-ray of the breasts, is the best preventive tool in the fight against breast cancer. Early detection is important so breast cancer can be caught at its most treatable, curable stage. It can find cancer when it is too small to be felt and most responsive to treatment.
Our staff prides itself on friendly, personal care. Our mammography suite is designed with your comfort in mind with private dressing and waiting rooms and plush robes. We also take time to answer questions.
And with the digital mammography technology at Progress West, our doctors can see images on the computer screen less than a minute after the actual scan. Images can be more easily adjusted to improve the contrast of normal and abnormal breast tissue and even magnified for closer inspection. Images are stored to facilitate comparisons over time.
Our experienced registered mammography technologists perform all testing. Progress West teams with Midwest Radiological Associates to ensure that a board-certified radiologist specializing in mammography is on site to examine and interpret your test images.
A typical screening mammogram looks for unusual spots in your breasts. Typically starting at age 40, your doctor will recommend an annual screening mammogram. After your screening, we will send your results to your physician. If something looks suspicious or a lump is found, patients are referred for a diagnostic mammogram.
Diagnostic Mammography and Ultrasound
Diagnostic mammography takes a closer look at particular areas of the breast after a concern is identified by a screening mammogram. An ultrasound is often performed after the diagnostic mammogram to clearly identify the area. A board-certified radiologist performs this exam. A benefit of the diagnostic mammography and ultrasound program is the reassurance of an immediate diagnosis. You must have a written order from your physician for both the diagnostic exam and the ultrasound exam.
Scheduling Your Screening Mammogram
The American Cancer Society recommends an annual screening mammogram for women 40 and over. Your doctor may recommend screening at an earlier age depending on your family history or other risk factors.
In many cases, we can offer same day or next day appointments. It is recommended to check your health insurance plan's guidelines before scheduling.
To schedule your mammogram at Progress West, call 636.344.1702.