Women’s Wellness is important, and at Spectrum Medical Imaging our caring staff uses the latest technology of 3D mammography and ultrasound to provide you with the diagnosis and treatment you need. Our comfortable and welcoming environment will help you stay on top of your health and give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing and being prepared. We make it easy for you to optimize your personal health by providing same-day and walk-in appointments.
A Better Mammogram Experience
What is a Mammography exam?
Mammography is specialized medical imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts. It aids in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
Spectrum Medical Imaging offers screening and diagnostic mammograms using state-of-the-art 3D mammography technology.
During a 3D mammogram multiple breast images are taken from different angles producing a series of one-millimeter thick slices that create a 3D image of the breast. This provides greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail, increasing the likelihood of spotting abnormalities and a greater confidence to rule out benign tumors as cancerous. In addition, 3D mammography finds cancers earlier than 2D mammography alone, with a 27% increase in cancer detection and a 40% increase in invasive cancer detection. The very low X-ray energy used for 3D mammography is below the FDA guidelines.
The decision to have a mammogram is a personal one and is dependent upon age, family history, the density of breast tissue, and discussion with your physician. Ultimately – it’s your decision – you do not need a recommendation from a physician for a screening mammogram. In terms of age, research clearly shows that annual mammography and breast cancer screen should start at age 40 and it is strongly correlated with significant improvement in survival rates of breast cancer.
Some people experience discomfort or pain while getting a mammogram.
To make the exam less uncomfortable, you can try:
- Scheduling the exam when breast tissue is least tender, about a week after your period
- Avoiding caffeinated drinks
- Applying skin numbing products
Make sure to tell the technician if you:
- Are pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have breast implants
Also, on the day of your exam:
- Wear comfortable clothing so you can easily remove your shirt.
- Describe any breast problems to the technician before the exam.
A mammogram can miss problems. It can also find things that look like cancer, but aren't. 3D Mammography can provide greater clarity in the images providing greater accuracy in detecting abnormalities and reducing the need for additional imaging or testing.
If we notice something on your mammogram, you may need more tests. An ultrasound or a breast biopsy can provide answers.
At Spectrum Medical Imaging, we understand that the cost of an imaging exam can be a concern. Screening mammograms are usually covered by your insurance but if you are uninsured, we offer pricing that is substantially lower than the same exam performed at a hospital. We believe that price transparency is important so you can be prepared for your financial obligations, if any. To learn more about what your exam may cost, please click here.
The radiologist will review the Mammogram and provide a diagnostic report that will be sent directly to your provider. The report is typically available to your provider within 24-48 hours. Many providers plan scheduled time to discuss results with their patients so you could check with their office to see when they will be available to review the information with you.