Digital Mammograms and More
Receiving regular mammograms is an important part of detecting breast cancer early. At Saint Vincent Hospital, we offer mammogram screening with skilled radiologists using state-of-the-art technology.
A mammogram is an X-ray used as a diagnostic tool to detect a breast cancer before it can be felt. Mammograms are an important part of breast health, as they help detect breast cancers at a smaller size and earlier stage, when it’s most treatable, often saving lives.
During a mammogram, a radiology technologist takes an X-ray of each breast twice: one view is top to bottom, the other is from side to side, which is a traditional 2D screening mammogram. These X-rays are taken by compressing the breast between two plates, which may be uncomfortable. On the day of your mammogram, we ask that you don’t use deodorants, lotions or powders before coming, as these products can disrupt the images.
Also known as breast tomosynthesis, 3-D mammography is an innovative technology in breast imaging. Much like traditional 2D mammography, images are taken using breast compression, but instead of just two images, the machine takes multiple images of the breast in thin slices. Data suggest that this may improve the detection of small cancers in dense breasts. 3-D mammography does take a few seconds longer for the additional images, providing a slightly increased radiation exposure. This dose of radiation is thought to be safe and remains under federal standards for mammography.
If any abnormalities are found during your mammogram, your doctor will help you understand the next step in diagnostic care. You may be referred for additional mammogram pictures, an ultrasound, a breast MRI or a breast biopsy. After additional testing, or even at this time, you may be directed to our breast center team to receive expert breast care.
Take the Next Step in Your Journey
The Saint Vincent Hospital Breast Center is located in at One Eaton Place in downtown Worcester and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about the services we offer, or to schedule an appointment, please call (866) 494-3627.