Breast Imaging

Announcing Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography). Now available at SouthCoast Imaging Center.

Why Mammography is Important

Mammography can identify abnormalities in the breast that are far too small to be felt during self-exams. Currently, it is the best way to detect cancer when no symptoms exist. Early detection of small cancers and prompt treatment result in the highest possible cure rates.

According to the American Cancer Society,

  • Every woman should have her first mammogram at age 40
  • Women age 40 to 90 should have a mammogram every one-to-two years, even if no changes are found
  • Women age 50 and over should have a mammogram every year

If there is a history of breast cancer in your family, your physician may suggest having a mammogram sooner than the recommended age or more often than the recommeneded guidelines.

Understanding Mammography

Mammography uses safe, low-dose X-rays to produce an image of the inside of the breast on film. Recent technological improvements have greatly minimized the amount of radiation required to produce high-quality mammograms.

Preparing for Your Mammography Exam

A mammogram is a simple X-ray exam that requires little preparation. You'll be asked to undress from the waist up, so wear a loose blouse or sweater rather than a dress. Avoid using deodorant, powder, ointments, creams or perfume on your underarm or breast area. And, be sure to tell your doctor or technologist if you are pregnant or think you might be.

The Mammography Exam

A smooth plastic paddle is used to lightly compress your breast. You will be asked to remain still for a few seconds while two or three X-rays are taken of each breast from the side and from above. The exam will last about 20 to 25 minutes.

Payment and Insurance

Please remember to bring your insurance information.

SouthCoast Imaging Center participates in most major insurance plans. We will be pleased to bill your insurance company for you, upon request.

Please bring any previous films with you to your appointment.