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Screening Mammography

The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. notes, on average, every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States and breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in American women. However, breast cancer does not mean a death sentence and is treatable when detected early. Mammograms are the #1 tools used to screen and detect early signs of breast cancer. New to our practice is an on-site, state-of-the-art 3D screening mammography program. This service will allow patients the convenience of completing their invaluable annual mammography screening during the same visit as their annual well woman’s exam thereby increasing compliance resulting in early detection – critical in the treatment of breast cancer. Below is a quick Q & A to aid in your understanding of this important service.

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an x-ray image of the breast used to screen and detect early signs of breast cancer.

What is the difference between 3D mammograms vs traditional 2D mammograms?

Three-dimensional (3D) mammography (also known as tomosynthesis) creates a 3D picture of the breast using x-rays. The image is created by several low-dose images from different angles around the breast.  Traditional 2D mammograms are created using two x-ray images of each breast. Research suggests that 3D mammograms are more accurate than 2D mammograms and are more effective in women ages 65 and older.

What types of screening mammograms are offered at Walnut Hill OB/GYN Associates?

Walnut Hill OB/GYN Associates offers screening 3D (tomosynthesis) mammograms.

How often should screening mammograms be performed?

The American Cancer Society recommends women start receiving annual screening mammograms at age 40.

How should I prepare for my mammogram appointment?

Come to your appointment without wearing lotion, powder, or deodorant as these contain substances that may show up on the x-ray image interfering with the interpretation of your results. Importantly, if you have had mammograms in the past, please complete the release form listed below so we may obtain these images prior to your appointment. These images are necessary for the radiologist to use as comparison. 

Prior Mammography Release Form

Can my mammogram be scheduled with my annual well woman’s exam?

Yes. You may schedule your screening mammograms to coincide with your annual well woman’s visit. Call us today to schedule your appointment at 214-363-7801!