A mammogram can be used to detect the early signs of breast cancer and monitor any breast-related concerns over time. At Faith Regional, you can expect compassionate care using state-of-the-art digital technology with a softer, more comfortable mammogram experience.
A screening mammogram is performed on a regular basis to detect signs of breast cancer early. This type of mammogram typically takes only 10 to 20 minutes. Talk to your provider about when to get a baseline screening and how often you should have screening mammograms.
If you have an abnormal screening mammogram, your provider may recommend getting a diagnostic mammogram. This more in-depth exam is more detailed and therefore, may take longer.
Before you leave, the technologist will view the images to ensure quality images have been captured for the radiologist to review. Screening mammogram results are available typically within 24 hours. You can often see the results sooner through your online patient portal. If you're having a diagnostic mammogram, your radiologist will review the results with you before you leave the hospital.
Benefits of 3D Mammograms
3D mammography enables your doctors to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. Instead of viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, with a 3D mammogram fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below. With 3D mammograms, you’ll benefit from:
- Ability to detect breast cancer earlier when it’s easier to treat
- More accurate diagnosis
- Fewer tests
You’ll experience a softer, warmer mammogram with our MammoPad, a soft foam pad that serves as a cushion between you and the mammogram equipment.
You can feel rest assured in your mammography care at Faith Regional. All our mammography technologists are board-certified in mammography.
Image-Guided Breast Biopsies
If your mammogram shows signs of breast cancer, the next step will often be to have a breast biopsy. During a biopsy, your doctor removes a small sample of tissue from your breast to examine it more closely. Types of biopsies available at Faith Regional include:
- MRI-guided core needle biopsy
- Stereotactic core needle biopsy
- Ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy