Spa-Like Amenities Await You at the Center for Women's Imaging
A screening mammogram is the single most effective method for early detection since it can identify breast cancer several years before a lump can be felt or before other symptoms are present. The Center for Women’s Imaging, located across from the Penrose-St. Francis Breast Care Center, offers the latest in breast cancer screening with digital mammography, which produces a clearer image to help detect early signs of breast cancer.
Who Should Get a Screening Mammogram?
The American Cancer Society recommends the following breast screening guidelines:
- Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
- Clinical breast exam (CBE) by their physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife about every three years for women in their 20's and 30's and every year for women 40 and over.
- Women should perform breast self-exams (BSE) monthly to know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any change or abnormality to their health care provider.
- Some women, because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors, may need mammograms at an earlier age or breast MRI's in addition to mammograms. If you are concerned about an incr eased risk of hereditary breast cancer based on your family history, talk with your healthcare provider or learn more about genetic counseling for hereditary cancer by calling 719-776-6162.
The Center for Women's Imaging is proud to be a Mammography Accredited Facility by the American College of Radiology.
How do I prepare for my mammogram?
- Schedule your mammogram appointment for one week after your period. This ensures a more comfortable exam as your breasts are less tender after your period.
- Wear a shirt with shorts, pants, or a skirt. That way, you can undress from the waist up and leave your shorts, pants, or skirt on when you get your mammogram.
- Don't wear any deodorant, perfume, lotion or powder under your arms or on your breasts on the day of your mammogram appointment. These things can make shadows show up on your mammogram.
- Provide previous mammography films/images.
Exam Time for Screening Mammogram: approximately 25 minutes
Exam time for Diagnostic Mammogram: approximately 45 minutes
To schedule a screening mammogram, call Scheduling Services at 719-776-8010.