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Mammography

Legacy Cancer Institute recommends annual screening mammograms for all women starting at age 40. 

Download the infographic: Mammography saves lives - the numbers

Why? Because one in eight women will get breast cancer, but nearly all survive if it's caught early. Regular mammograms are the best way to do that. 

Learn more: Download the infographic. 

All four Breast Health Centers offer 3-D mammograms to all women, because it finds more cancers and causes fewer false alarms. 


Mammogram services at all Legacy sites are accredited for excellence by the American College of Radiology.

 

  • "The best way to beat breast cancer is to find it early, and a mammogram is the gold standard for that."

    - Nathalie Johnson, M.D., breast cancer surgeon
    Medical Director, Legacy Cancer Institute

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What is mammography?

Mammography is X-ray imaging of the breasts to check for suspicious tissue. We offer digital mammography, for the quickest and most accurate results with the lowest level of radiation. If additional screening is needed, we use the advanced, non-invasive technologies of Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI), MRI and Ultrasound

Accurate reading of your results

Your results will be read by a board-certified radiologist who's an expert in reading mammograms. We'll send your results to your primary care doctor, and of course we will notify you.

If you need additional screening, we'll help you set another appointment as soon as possible, and you'll receive those results the same or the next day.

What can I expect?

During your mammogram you'll be asked to stand and place one breast at a time on the flat X-ray plate. A small amount of compression is used to help flatten out the breast tissue for the best imaging. A screening mammography takes 20 minutes and a diagnostic mammography takes 30 minutes.

How often should I get a mammogram?

Legacy supports the American Cancer Society guidelines for early breast cancer detection, with annual mammograms starting at age 40. See our recommendation

How will it feel?

The compression only takes a few seconds, but can be uncomfortable if you have tender breasts. The scan itself causes no sensation, and there is no recovery time.

How should I prepare?

  • On the day of the exam do not use any deodorant, perfume, powders or ointments under your arms or on your breasts. These may show up as an abnormality on the film.
  • Wearing a two-part outfit will be more convenient for you, so that you'll only have to undress from the waist up.

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