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Benefits of Mammography

  • Mammography is primarily used as a breast cancer screening tool. It is also used to identify abnormalities in the breast, such as a lump that can be felt by hand or abnormal nipple discharge.
  • Mammography is the most reliable method for identifying breast cancer in its earliest stages – when it’s easiest to cure. With early detection and treatment, 90 percent of all breast cancers can be cured. Mammography uses low dose X-ray to create vivid images of the breast tissue.
  • Current guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend that women have a mammogram every year beginning at age 40. An annual mammogram should be part of every woman’s breast care, along with monthly self-examinations and annual physical checkups.
    • Risk factors for breast cancer:
      • Family or personal history of breast cancer
      • Early menstrual onset
      • Late-onset menopause
      • Use of oral contraceptives
      • Use of hormone replacement therapy
      • Alcohol use (two or more drinks per day)

How It Works

  • The exam usually takes about 15 minutes. The mammographer takes two images of each breast from different angles. The breast is carefully placed on a special surface and then tightly, but gently, compressed by an acrylic paddle. This allows for reduced X-ray exposure and better detail on the image. The procedure is somewhat uncomfortable but generally not painful and it is over quickly. Board-certified radiologists interpret the mammograms, identifying any areas of concern, with a report being sent to your provider.  If a questionable area is seen on your mammogram, the radiologist may recommend further tests.

The Digital Difference

  • AHC offers the latest advance in diagnosing breast cancer -- digital mammography, through our contract with United Radiology out of Salina, KS.
  • A digital mammogram not only produces quicker results, it uses less radiation than standard film mammography and offers other significant advantages for patients—shorter exam times, reduced need for repeat mammograms and more accurate detection of abnormalities.
  • Medical studies indicate digital mammography is better at screening women in three specific categories: those under age 50, of any age with extremely dense breast tissue and pre- or peri-menopausal women of any age.
  • A digital mammogram creates images that are displayed on special computers. This allows our radiologists to manipulate the images of breast tissue for more accurate detection of abnormalities. This system also improves our radiologists’ ability to communicate important clinical information to other physicians.

In Preparation

  • If caffeine increases the tenderness of your breasts, you may want to eliminate caffeine from your diet for two weeks before your mammogram.
  • If you have premenstrual breast tenderness, it’s best to schedule your mammogram after your period has ended.
  • Do not use any lotion, powder or deodorant on your breast or under your arms the day of the exam.
  • Please wear a two-piece outfit as you will be asked to remove your blouse and bra and wear a gown that will be removed for the procedure.


Bring Your Prior Mammograms and Reports

If you’ve had a mammogram before, the radiologist would like to compare them with the new ones being taken. When scheduling your appointment, you will be asked if you have had a previous one, and if so, your previous images and report will be requested from the performing facility prior to your appointment.

You may also arrange to have your mammograms sent directly to our facility prior to your appointment.


Mammography Self-Referral Program

Screening mammogram appointments can be made without a physician order here at Ashland Health Center.  Simply give us a call, schedule your appointment and we will provide your provider with your results.  

To schedule your screening mammogram, call 620-635-2241, ext. 225.

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