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Screening Mammography

Mammography is an x-ray procedure used to detect breast changes. Mammograms can detect tumors that are too small for you or a health professional to feel or before symptoms develop. Mammograms can't prevent breast cancer, but they reduce the risk of dying from the disease.

Screening mammography guidelines for women with average risk of breast cancer

Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so. The risks of screening as well as the potential benefits should be considered.

Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.

Women age 55 or older should switch to mammograms every two years, or have the choice to continue yearly screening.

Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.

All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms associated with breast cancer screening.  They should also be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a health care provider right away.



Eight convenient locations for digital and 3D mammography

We are committed to making your screening experience comfortable and providing you with timely and accurate results. A board-certified radiologist who specializes in breast imaging will review your screening mammogram.
We offer digital mammograms at eight locations and advanced 3D mammography at our Kissel Hill, Lebanon, Parkesburg, Suburban Pavilion and Willow Lakes facilities. 3D/Tomosynthesis technology allows doctors to see masses and distortion associated with cancers and precancerous cells more clearly. Most insurance plans cover 3D mammography. Both mammogram types use very low x-ray energy, with 3D using a slightly higher level than 2D. Both types are well within FDA safety standards for x-ray energy. Your doctor can provide further guidance.


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