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Screening Mammogram

Women's Imaging Center in Lake Forest, IL

A screening mammogram is the most reliable test for finding early signs of breast cancer. Mass Medical Imaging in Lake Forest, Illinois, is a state-of-the-art imaging clinic that specializes in breast health and performs screening mammograms. The team understands the anxiety women feel regarding their routine mammograms and does everything possible to make you feel comfortable. Call the office today or schedule your screening mammogram online.

Screening Mammogram Q & A

What is a screening mammogram?

A screening mammogram is a routine test that looks for early signs of breast cancer in women before signs and symptoms. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States, affecting one out of every eight. 

Breast cancer is easier to treat when found during the early stages. The screening mammogram looks for any type of abnormal breast mass. 


When do I need a screening mammogram?

You and your primary care provider can decide when you need a screening mammogram. That said, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), it’s recommended that women get mammograms yearly starting at age 40.

Mass Medical Imaging also recommends women with a significant risk of breast cancer start getting screened at 35. 


What happens during a screening mammogram?

A screening mammogram is a low-dose X-ray. The team at Mass Medical Imaging explains in detail what you can expect during the test, so you know what to expect and can mentally prepare. 

After changing into an exam gown, you stand in front of the X-ray machine, and the radiology technician adjusts the X-ray to align with your breasts. 

They place one breast on a flat plate and lower a second plate that flattens the breast tissue. Then, they take pictures of the tissue and repeat the procedure on the other breast. 

The technician checks your images to ensure they’re clear before sending you on your way. 


What happens after a screening mammogram?

The radiology technician at Mass Medical Imaging sends your images to a radiologist who interprets the results, which they share with your primary care provider.

The Mass Medical Imaging team does its best to get your results quickly. If you have an abnormal screening mammogram, they may have you return for a diagnostic mammogram. 

Don’t put off your screening mammogram. Call Mass Medical Imaging or schedule your screening online today.