Breast Cancer Doesn't Wait. Neither Should You.

What is it?

Mammography, also known as a mammogram test, is the best way to screen for early-stage breast cancer. Mammography uses X-rays to scan a patient’s breasts. The images produced are then examined for any irregularities or changes from previous tests. At both our St. Margaret’s hospital locations, digital mammography is used, which allows our radiologists to capture and manipulate images so any abnormalities can be seen more easily. Furthermore, both our locations utilize 3-D tomosynthesis mammography. Further below, you can learn more about 3-D mammograms and how it’s beneficial to our patients. 

What to expect:

During a mammogram, a technologist will have the patient stand in front of a special type of X-ray machine. The technician will then position each of the patient’s breasts on the surface of a flat plate. A second plate will then be used to firmly press down on the breast from above, which will flatten and compress it so it remain still during testing. After the plates are in place, the technologist will take images using the X-ray equipment. During the test, the patient may feel some pressure and discomfort. The same process will then be repeated to obtain a side view of the breast tissue. Both breasts are X-rayed in this manner. 

3-D Tomosynthesis Mammography:

During a 3-D mammogram, the X-ray tube moves in an arc over the breast. As it moves, low-dose X-ray images are captured. A computer then produces a 3-D image of the breast in slices, allowing the radiologist to view the tissue in greater detail. This capability often leads to earlier detection of small breast cancers. 

3-D Tomosynthesis May Also Result in:

  • Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden on a conventional mammogram
  • Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of breast abnormalties
  • Fewer unnecessary biopsies or additional tests
  • Better likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors
  • Clearer images of abnormalities within dense breast tissue

PLEASE NOTE: While many insurance companies are reimbursing for the additional service of 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, a few companies are not. We recommend patients contact their insurance company regarding coverage of 3-D tomosynthesis mammography prior to their appointment. 

To schedule a mammogram in Spring Valley, call the scheduling department at:

(815) 664-1365

600 East First Street | Spring Valley

To schedule a mammogram in Peru, call the scheduling department at:

(815) 780-3280

925 West Street | Peru

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