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Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer, which is why nearly 40 million screening mammograms are performed each year in the United States. Mammograms are often able to detect breast abnormalities before signs or symptoms of diseases or cancer occur. Whether it’s time for your first mammogram or your tenth, you might have questions or concerns about the procedure. Learn more about mammograms here, and then make your mammogram appointment today.
Traditional mammograms create diagnostic images by applying a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. Mammograms are used to monitor the breasts and assist in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. X-rays are the most frequently used form of medical imaging.
Digital mammography replaces traditional X-ray film with a digital chip to record images of the breast. This process, also known as full-field digital mammography, makes it possible for the images of the breast to be viewed on a computer monitor or printed on a special film similar to traditional mammograms.
The advantages of digital mammograms include faster image acquisition times, fewer total exposures and less patient discomfort. Breast health screenings that use digital mammograms have been proven to detect breast cancers better than conventional mammograms in three groups of women: those younger than 50, those with dense breasts and those who are pre-menopausal.
Our new 3D Tomosynthesis Mammography is the latest exam to be added to our advanced array of technology. This revolutionary process allows your physician to better distinguish masses or tissues that might be cancerous. In traditional mammography, the details of the breast are viewed in one flat image. 3D mammography allows the breast to be viewed in a series of layers, allowing the radiologist to more accurately interpret the images.
The use of 3D mammography has proven to significantly reduce false positive callbacks and to be more accurate in detecting breast cancers early.
Imaging services at the
Women and Children’s Clinic
X-ray, ultrasonography, bone densitometry, 3D screening mammography, diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, 3D breast ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy, 3D biopsy, pediatric ultrasound, women’s ultrasound and pediatric echo EKG.
Walk-ins are welcome for diagnostic imaging services between the hours of 7 a.m.– 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
Imaging services at
St. John’s Health Center
on South 6th Street
General imaging, including MRI, CT scans, mammography and diagnostic ultrasound is available 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Call (217) 544-6464, ext. 55271 to learn more.
Walk-ins are welcome for radiology services between the hours of 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Outpatients referred to St. John’s for imaging services can conveniently schedule an appointment by calling (217) 757-6565.
What are Mammograms?
A mammogram is a non-invasive breast exam that can detect breast cancer and other breast diseases when they are easiest to treat. During a mammogram, a technician will use a special machine to take X-rays of your breasts. The machine compresses the breast between two plates to provide a clearer picture of the breast tissue. A radiologist then reviews the images taken during your mammogram to identify any areas of abnormality.
Physicians consider a mammogram a “screening exam” because the test can identify masses or other abnormalities in the breasts, but it can’t determine if those abnormalities are cancer. Your doctor will use the results of your mammogram to determine if any additional testing is required.
When Should I Have a Mammogram?
Recommended screening guidelines are dependent on your health history and risk for developing breast cancer. Speak with your doctor to determine when you should start getting screening mammograms. Women of average breast cancer risk should start getting mammograms between ages 40 to 45 depending on their breast cancer risk. Regular screenings, which typically occur once a year, should continue as long as your doctor recommends.
In addition, your doctor may recommend a mammogram for the following reasons:
- Diagnosis of breast irregularities you or your doctor finds during a breast exam
- Follow-up to a previous abnormal mammogram
- Tracking the progress of lumps or irregularities
HSHS St. John’s is here to provide you the very best care in breast health. Make an appointment today to talk to your doctor if you still have questions or concerns about your mammogram.
Expert, Coordinated Care
Our clinicians are experts on all breast health topics. This includes breast cancer, benign proliferative breast disease (BPBD), mammary duct ectasia, nipple discharge, and many other breast conditions. In addition, should you need a breast biopsy, breast duct endoscopy, or lumpectomy, HSHS Breast Care has the expertise to guide you through these procedures and to help direct you toward the best treatments and the best possible outcomes.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a breast abnormality, our team of breast care specialists will work together to develop an individualized, personal plan of care for you. We bring together every service you need, including advanced testing, clinical care and – most importantly – peace of mind. Find a HSHS Health Breast Care provider near you today.
HSHS St. John’s Imaging (Radiology) Department is staffed by expertly trained medical professionals who use state-of-the-art imaging equipment. They work closely with your primary care physicians and specialists.
Our specialty-trained and board certified radiologists and registered technologists work together to provide outstanding imaging services. Imaging services include fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT Scan, MRI, interventional radiology, pain clinic, general nuclear medicine and PET scans.