Mammograms are available Monday through Friday at The Breast Center of Maple Grove, which is conveniently located in the northwest region of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area—just 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis.
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. Mammograms may be used as a screening tool to detect breast cancer, or as a diagnostic tool to evaluate specific abnormalities in the breast tissue.
Screening Mammogram Recommendations
Screening mammograms have been proven to save lives by detecting breast cancer in early stages when treatments tend to be more successful and survival rates are much higher. Most radiologists agree that the average woman should begin receiving annual screening mammograms at age 40. Women at higher risk, or with additional risk factors may need screening mammograms earlier or more often. Talk with your doctor to decide what is best for you.
What to Expect During your Screening Mammogram
A screening mammogram is used for detecting breast cancer in women who have no current symptoms of breast cancer. Before your mammogram, an experienced female technologist will ask you some questions about your medical history and she’ll also answer any questions you may have. Then you’ll change into a gown and a warm robe, and remove all jewelry and accessories from the waist up.
A standard screening mammogram takes two images of each breast. The technologist will position your breast onto special plates, which will compress the breast tissue and an x-ray image will be taken. The compression is momentarily uncomfortable, but it allows the radiologist to see the greatest amount of breast tissue—which is critical in detecting very small abnormalities. The technologist will then reposition the breast and take another image. The same procedure will be followed with the other breast. The entire mammogram takes about 30 minutes.
What to Expect During Your Diagnostic Mammogram
A diagnostic mammogram is used to evaluate an abnormality detected on a screening mammogram, or as a follow up exam for patients who have had an abnormality in the past. During a diagnostic mammogram, the technologist will obtain images of a specific area of your breast tissue, rather than the entire breast. She will position your breast between the plates, and it will be compressed and imaged. She will repeat this process until she has enough images for the radiologist to see the breast tissue from all necessary angles.
Getting a diagnostic mammogram can be a nerve-racking experience. At the Breast Center of Maple Grove, a dedicated Breast Health Patient Navigator is available to help you understand your procedures, diagnosis, next steps, and options. She is available in person, by phone, or via email to answer questions and provide support throughout your imaging experience at The Breast Center of Maple Grove.
Every mammogram is read by one of our experienced, board certified radiologists. For screening mammogram patients, your mammogram results will be sent to your referring physician so that she can discuss your results with you. For diagnostic mammogram patients, same-day results are available, and a full report will be sent to your referring physician to become a part of your medical record.
Mammograms at The Breast Center of Maple Grove
The Breast Center at Maple Grove offers mammograms in a comfortable environment with advanced technology and a schedule that works with your busy lifestyle. Advance and same-day appointments are available Monday – Friday from 7:30am to 5:00pm with extended hours until 8:00pm on Tuesdays. It’s easy to get your mammogram at The Breast Center of Maple Grove!
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