Mammograms

More women trust AMI’s Women Center to perform their mammograms than any other clinic in Nebraska. The all-female staff and private 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. Mammogram appointments do not require a physician’s referral and can be requested by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.  

Mammography is the taking of low-dose x-ray images of breast tissue that can be used to detect breast cancer. Radiologists use screening mammograms to locate 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. Diagnostic mammograms are used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical findings, such as a breast lump, nipple discharge or “cystic” breasts that may have been noticed during an exam or screening mammogram. 

3D Mammography, also as known as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), is a newer and more advanced mammogram. DBT machines takes x-ray images of every millimeter of the breast tissue. This allows radiologists a more clear view of every part of the breast and is especially beneficial for dense tissue. The exam itself is nearly identical to a traditional 2D mammogram. The only difference in the 3D exam is that the camera hovering above the breast moves while taking images to get different angles.  

 

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What to Expect

Patients should discuss any new findings or breast issues with their primary physician before a mammogram appointment. Patients will also be required to list a primary physician whom the mammogram results can be sent to.

Suggested appointment time is 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. 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. The entire visit should take approximately 40 minutes.
2D mammogram patients will be asked to wait, because the AMI radiologists can usually have a result not long after the images are taken. 3D mammogram patients can leave immediately after their exam, because it takes the radiologist longer to read the many images. 3D patients will receive their results in the mail or by phone.

It is important to remember that when a patient is asked to have additional images taken or even when an abnormality is discovered, 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.