Mammograms

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More women trust AMI’s Women Center to perform their mammograms than any other clinic in Nebraska. The all-female staff and private, spa-like setting make these appointments as comfortable as possible. The American College of Radiology (ACR) recommends an annual screening mammogram beginning at age 40, for women with an average risk of breast cancer. Women with an increased risk for breast cancer may need to start mammography sooner or include other imaging in their screening plan. Screening mammogram appointments do not require a physician’s referral and can be requested by calling 402-484-6677.  

Mammography is the taking of low-dose x-ray images of breast tissue that can be used to detect breast cancer.

  • Screening mammograms allow radiologists to find breast abnormalities even before they can be felt during a physical exam. The successful treatment of breast cancer is often linked to early detection and diagnosis. AMI uses 3D mammography (also as known as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis or DBT), the new standard for annual screening, that is covered by all major insurance companies. To learn more about this test, read the frequently asked questions below.
  • Diagnostic mammograms are used to evaluate a patient with abnormal symptoms such as a breast lump, nipple discharge or “cystic” breasts that may have been noticed during an exam or screening mammogram 

What to Expect

Patients should discuss any new findings or breast issues with their primary care provider (PCP) before a mammogram appointment. Patients will also be required to list a PCP whom the mammogram results can be sent to. Suggested appointment times are a week after a menstrual cycle in an attempt to avoid breast tenderness. Patients should always inform the technologist of any breast symptoms, issues or if there is any possibility of pregnancy. Patients will need to undress from the waist up. Wipes are provided to remove deodorant/antiperspirant. At AMI’s Women Center, a special top and a robe is provided for modesty and warmth.

Radiologic technologists, known as mammographers, perform the exams. The breast is placed on a special platform and compressed with a paddle from above. The compression is required to spread out the tissue so that small abnormalities won’t be covered by overlying breast tissue and to hold the breast still to decrease blurring of the image. An x-ray image will be taken and patients will be asked to change positions between images. The routine views are a top-to-bottom view and a side view of both breasts. 

Screening mammogram patients can leave immediately after their exam and will receive their results in the mail. It is important to remember that when a patient is asked to have additional images for a perceived abnormality, the large majority of the time, there are no cancer cells present. Patients should not be concerned if they are asked to return for additional screening such as a diagnostic mammogram and/or ultrasound.

Diagnostic mammogram patients will be asked to wait after their scan, because the AMI radiologists can usually have a result not long after the images are taken.

3D Screening Mammogram Frequently Asked Questions

Is a 3D mammogram appointment different from a 2D mammogram?

The time it takes and number of scans/compressions performed are the same – two per breast on average. The only difference you will notice is that, while taking the image, the camera above will move. This allows images from multiple angles. Instead of simply giving the radiologists four images to view like the former 2D scans, 3D shows them an image for every millimeter of breast tissue with no additional time away from your busy schedule.

Do I have to wait for results after my exam?

Unlike 2D mammograms, you will no longer need to wait after your scan for results. Due to the additional images to look at, our physicians need more time to read your scan. They are dedicated to getting the result to you via our patient portal and your referring provider as soon as possible.

Is there more radiation used during a 3D scan than a 2D scan?

Not at AMI. We specifically selected equipment that does not utilize more radiation during a 3D mammogram.

If you are concerned about radiation, don’t be. Here is some information from the American Cancer Society to help ease your mind.

“Mammograms expose the breasts to small amounts of radiation. But the benefits of mammography outweigh any possible harm from the radiation exposure. Modern machines use low radiation doses to get breast x-rays that are high in image quality. On average the total dose for a typical mammogram with 2 views of each breast is about 0.4 millisieverts, or mSv. (A mSv is a measure of radiation dose.)

To put the dose into perspective, people in the US are normally exposed to an average of about 3 mSv of radiation each year just from their natural surroundings. (This is called background radiation.) The dose of radiation used for a screening mammogram of both breasts is about the same amount of radiation a woman would get from her natural surroundings over about 7 weeks.”

At what age should I stop receiving screening mammograms?

Our doctors follow the recommendations of the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR recommends that women do not stop screening until they have reached a point in their life where, if they found out they had breast cancer, they would not take any action to treat it. The ACR has no age limit on breast cancer screening – it is all based on health and quality of life. Your primary care provider can help you make the decision of when is right for you.

What if I don't have insurance?

Most patients without insurance can also receive access to a free 3D screening mammogram at AMI through our partners at Every Woman Matters (EWM). To enroll in this program, women can visit the EWM website or call (800) 532-2227.

Why should you get a mammogram at AMI?

We’ll let real AMI Mammo Club members tell you why they think breast screening is important…

"Because the earlier they find it the better your chances. AMI kept an eye on me after a spot changed on my mammogram... was at stage one... if I wasn't getting checked could have been bad. Everyone needs to check at home too."

- Brigette

"It is important for early detection of breast cancer that can save your life. A few minutes of discomfort definitely out weighs death from breast cancer."

- Keri

"Early detection is so important. Mine and my sister’s was caught early. We are blessed. I had a mammogram in July and have to have another in January because there’s another spot they are watching and if it turns out to be cancer I know it was detected early. AMI is awesome!"

- Connie

"Early detection! Taking care of yourself and getting checked at any sign of anything abnormal."

- Kellie

"Important for early detection, lives are saved. Be aware of your body and question something that does not seem right."

- Debbie

"I have lost too many friends and family to this horrible disease. Absolutely early detection might save your life!!"

- Nicky

"It saved my mom and a few of my friends. Some of them would not have found their cancer if they hadn't had a mammogram. The resources also made more in-depth examination for something I found. The squeeze is worth it!!!"

- Susan

"Early detection is crucial! My mother had her yearly mammogram and early breast cancer was found. She had surgery and radiation only. She is still here today years later because she had her yearly"

- Jane

"Prevention, early detection and lifesaving results!"

- Brenda

"To be aware of what is going on in your body and staying healthy."

- Cheryl

"I never had a mammo and found my lump Halloween night 23 years ago. Several surgeries, months of chemo, no hair and early morning sleepiness which lead me to watch ever John Wayne movie made, thanks to a neighbor's collection, lead me to faithfully have a screening done every July. I encourage all ladies to begin this yearly test NOW. I wish I had."

- Peggy

"My maternal Grandma had breast cancer, Mom had breast cancer, and I had benign lumps found at 35."

- Julie 

- Tracy

"Regular breast checkups can help save you later. And helps you be aware of breast health."

- Amanda

"It saves lives including my own. I was only 44 when they found mine, Two different types of cancer - one was a very aggressive type of cancer needless to say I had a mastectomy & go every year for my left one & have a chest x-ray for my left side please do this as it can save your life. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤"

- Bev

"My mom battled breast cancer for almost 10 years before she passed! After her diagnosis, we found out there is a family history. She taught me the importance of regular screening. She waited too long, had she gotten in earlier, perhaps she would still be here with me today! I miss her so much every day! She left this earth in May 2003 at the much to young age of 58...😞😞. She was a fighter and never gave up hope for a cure!"

- Stacey

"I have friends that have survived breast cancer because of regular screenings. I have one done every year."

- Darla

"It was a yearly screening that found mine! Because I started early since I was adopted and didn't know my history. I was 43 when I was diagnosed! Because I did yearly exams, they caught it very early."

- Paula

"Screening is so important in discovering early tumors or problems in your breast. Many lives are saved due to screenings and early detection is the key. All women need to have their mammograms yearly unless your Dr recommends them more often. Mammograms save lives!! 💕💕"

- Lori

"I wish my great grandma had screening. But we’re lucky enough to live in a time when they can catch things much earlier. Better safe then sorry."

- Lynn

"Because I have cysts and I want to be 100% sure it is nothing more. My life is too important and so are the lives of every woman out there!"

- Kimberly

"Regular screenings are so very important to get an early diagnosis so treatment can get started right away so you can continue to live your life... ❤"

- Julie

"Because in the past two years I have had three friends and two family members diagnosed with breast cancer!!"

- Susan

"Breast screening is the single most important and easy thing you yourself can do to show how much you love yourself and for everyone that means anything at all to you in your life."

- Sue

"I am doing yearly mammograms to teach my daughter to value herself & her health."

- Erica

"The mammogram can find something before it can even be felt during a manual exam. They found my tiny lump, did the ultrasound, and decided to do the biopsy quickly. As luck would have it, mine was benign, but I was so grateful that AMI got me in for the biopsy so quickly! The waiting is always the hardest part. Thanks to everyone there!"

- Janice

"Saves lives. I am 12 years in remission. Sister is 8 years. Cousin is 3 times winner and last 19 years out. Being aware of your body and early dedication can save your life. Be strong and keep on fighting."

- Donna 

"I just had a bilateral mastectomy on Aug. 28. I had a lumpectomy 3 years ago that was caught early, and due to faithful mammograms, my second diagnosis was also caught early. I would have a much different outcome had I not been vigilant with my mammograms. I need no chemo or radiation. Ladies do not neglect yourselves. The short amount of pain from a mammogram is nothing compared to the pain of chemo and radiation."

- Jean

"They alerted me to a tumor, I could not feel nor did it show up on an ultrasound. Thank you so much for your expertise."

- Sue

"It keeps women and their families aware of the possibilities of cancer in their family as well as options to live healthier lives."

- Christina

"I lost an aunt to breast cancer, she beat it 3 times...I want to live a long healthy life for my family."

- Lori 

"Get your mamo every year. My mom died from it. They need to check your boobies ladies."

- Gina

"Yearly or bi-yearly *in my case* screenings are important to me because I want to be here for my kids and my husband. As someone who has a high breast cancer rate in her family, I am so thankful for AMI and their amazing staff. I have been coming here for my mammograms for four years now and always feel confident that I am getting the best care!"

- Catherine

"It saved my life! I give myself the mammogram appointment every year for my birthday! That way I never forget when it’s due😊 And keeps an eye on any areas of concern"

- Roni

"Early detection can save your life at any age!"

- Tricia

"For my family! Important to take care of the one who takes care of everyone else."

- Kim

"It’s been proven, early detection saves lives. Ladies, it’s important to get your yearly mammograms done! 🌸💓"

- Cathy

"Regular mammograms are essential in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Mine was found because my doctor sent me two letters reminding me of a six month checkup that needed. I am now an 11 year survivor! 💞"

- Beth

"To be fully informed. It takes away the guessing and wondering especially if you have a family history."

- Lisa

"I think it’s very important to have the screening to help detect things early and try and save lives."

- Diane

"Breast screening is so important for early detection, it could save your life!!! It's taking the time to take care of yourself for you, and your loved ones! 🎗"

- Eva

"I have no doubt that mammogram saved my life. In 2004 my annual Mammogram detected a tumor that neither I or my provider could feel. I gratefully return each year."

- Deb

"Have had many great Aunts die from breast cancer. One can do self breast exams but it is what you do not feel that can kill you."

- Dixie

"Early detection is key! I need to be around to watch my boys grow up!"

- Cat

"Breast screening is important for early detection if any problems & saves lives."

- Sandra

"Because all girls matter! Save the mama's and the daughters, the family, friends, freinemies, the teachers, the lovers, the haters and every other girl too!"

- Alicia

"Screening can catch cancer early and save lives."

- Ann

"My mother had breast cancer and kicked it’s ugly butt!!! So I always am proactive. Plus I want to live a healthy life so I can enjoy my children & grandchildren for years to come"

- Sharon

"For the health of my daughter and granddaughter and all young women!"

- Pat 

"I want to live a long healthy life so I can enjoy my children and future grandchildren."

- Gretchen

"To save lives. To be there for your family."

- Sherri 

"To save your life!"

- Angela

"To take care of yourself!"

- Kay 

"We need to be diligent and proactive in our health and regular screenings help with this."

- Cathy

"Gives you a peace of mind that you are doing everything you can to live a healthy life."

- Lori

"Important... so we can live to see and make a difference in the world!"

- Toninette

"Early detection, might save your life or the life of someone you love!"

- Shirley

"Plain and simple... it can save your life ❤"

- Kathy

"Catching it early can help save your life...take control of your health!"

- Heidi

"Early detection is the key. Have to get smashed to keep doing the dash!!!"

- Tami

"Early detection is best!!! 💗"

- Nancy

"Breast screening is important because YOU ARE IMPORTANT!!!"

- Dawn

"Because it saved my friend!"

- Tami

"The earlier detected the better!"

- Lois

"Enjoy life longer."

- Jennifer

"Peace of mind and a healthy outlook."

- Robyn

"It has saved many friends."

- Joyce

"It is important for early detection of breast cancer that can save your life. A few minutes of discomfort definitely out weighs the results from breast cancer.."

- Kimberly