Here at Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology, we offer the advanced technology of Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™. Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ provides a more accurate exam to better detect breast cancer at an earlier stage and help reduce unnecessary callbacks.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray image of your breasts used to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms play a key role in early detection and help decrease breast cancer deaths by finding cancers at an early stage. A radiologist, trained to read mammograms, studies the images for signs of breast cancer.
Getting a mammogram
When you arrive the technologist will bring you back to a changing room to change into a gown and ask you a few questions regarding your medical history. Please do not wear any deodorant, lotions, or powders on your breasts or underarms the day of your mammogram. The technologist will bring you into the mammogram suite where your exam will take place. During a mammogram, your breasts are compressed to spread out the breast tissue. An x-ray captures black-and-white images of your breasts that are displayed on a computer screen. Mammograms can take anywhere from 10-15 minutes. Your exam will be read by the radiologist the same day that it was completed. For most women, the results of a mammogram will show no signs of breast cancer.
If for any reason we would need additional imaging or testing, you will be called the same day to have that scheduled. If your exam is normal, you will receive a letter in the mail.
If you have had prior imaging out of the area, please let the person scheduling your exam know so that we can request those images for the radiologist to use for comparison.
How is mammography used?
Screening Mammograms are used to find breast cancer in a person who does not have any warning signs or symptoms. The American College for Radiology recommends a screening mammograms yearly starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
A diagnostic mammogram is used for many reasons. If you are having any symptoms with your breasts, such as breast pain, lumps, skin changes, nipple discharge or puckering, your doctor may recommend a diagnostic mammogram, followed by a breast ultrasound. These images will be checked by the radiologist immediately to determine the next steps.
Your physician can help determine how often you should have a mammogram, depending on your age and your risk of breast cancer.
If the radiologist determines that a biopsy is needed, it can be performed right here at Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology. We offer 3D Stereotactic breast biopsies, as well as Ultrasound-guided biopsies.
The dose for mammography is very low and within FDA guidelines. For most women the benefits of regular mammograms outweigh the risks posed by this amount of radiation.
The breasts of younger women contain more glands and ligaments than those of older women, resulting in dense breast tissue that can obscure signs of cancer. With age, breast tissue becomes less dense and has fewer glands, making it easier to interpret and detect changes on mammograms.
Not all cancers show up on a mammogram.