A mammogram is an x-ray image of the breast that is used to
screen for breast cancer. Mammograms are used to detect and
diagnose breast cancer, benign tumors and cysts.
During the mammogram the breast is positioned on a flat surface
as a compression panel is lowered over it (compression is
necessary to produce an optimal breast x-ray). A minimum of four
pictures are taken for a screening mammogram, although additional
images are sometimes needed to complete the study. Our staff is
dedicated to making the process as comfortable as possible for
the patient which is why we use the MammoPad for all exams. This
foam pad helps to properly position the breast and provides a
cushion between the patient and the mammography machine.
Screening mammograms typically take 15 minutes while diagnostic
exams will require additional time.
After your mammogram a radiologist will analyze the images and
send a written report to your doctor, typically within 48 hours.
The radiologist will contact your doctor immediately if any
serious abnormality is found.
Soft Mammography Pad
Adventist Health uses soft mammography pads to decrease
discomfort during the exam. A standard mammogram places the
breast between two hard surfaces and compresses the breast for
the x-ray. By using the soft comfort pads on every mammogram we
perform we help alleviate discomfort and ease fears about the