Mammography and Bone Densitometry

Screening Mammography

Providence offers both 2D and 3D Mammography™ screenings. Our technicians are not only there to complete your mammogram, they will help make the experience for you as comfortable as possible. Two views will be taken of each breast. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, alert the technologist before the exam so she can take appropriate precautions. Total exam time is approximately 15 minutes.

Learn more about screening mammograms and how to prepare for them.

FACT: 96 percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after 5 years!

Digital 3D Mammography™ (Tomosynthesis)

Compared to traditional digital mammography, this new technology provides a higher quality image with increased detail. The improved image helps to detect smaller abnormalities earlier. In addition, the recall rate for additional screening due to questionable results is greatly reduced.

Preparation

On the day of your mammogram, wear a two-piece outfit and avoid using deodorant if possible. If you are wearing deodorant, you will need to remove it in the dressing room prior to your screening using the provided wipes. Deodorant wipes are made available to you following your exam.

Diagnostic Mammography

If you are experiencing problems with your breast or have discovered a lump, you will be scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram. In this case, the mammogram is focused on a specific area of your breast. At Providence Breast Health Center, a radiologist will be on hand to make sure that we are capturing appropriate images, and a surgeon will be available to perform other diagnostic procedures if they are necessary.

You can expect to be at the center longer than a screening mammogram due to the additional diagnostic steps and time necessary to read the images.

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, alert the technician before the exam so she can take appropriate precautions.

Preparation

On the day of your mammogram, wear a two-piece outfit and avoid using deodorant if possible. If you are wearing deodorant, you will need to remove it in the dressing room prior to your exam using the wipes provided. Deodorant wipes are available following your exam.

Bone Densitometry

A bone density scan is an enhanced form of X-ray technology that is used to measure calcium in the spine and hips. This procedure is usually performed to detect osteoporosis, a hollowing of the bones that affects post-menopausal women. Providence Breast Health Center utilizes a widely used bone density bed to perform your scan in the comfort of a cozy, dimly-lit room with soft music. These can even be done on the same day as your mammogram as an added convenience.

Preparation

Wear comfortable clothing but refrain from wearing anything with zippers, buttons or belts made of metal.

Learn more about bone DEXA scans and how to prepare for this procedure.