Mammography

Mammography is a technique used to detect breast cancer. It involves taking an X-ray of the breast from, generally, two directions. The breasts are slightly compressed between two plates in order to separate the tissues for a more detailed image. Better screening and treatment techniques for breast cancer have improved dramatically over the last 20 years. Mammograms are one of the best diagnostic tests to find breast cancer in its early stages. Mammography uses X-rays to create images of the breasts. Suspicious areas revealed by the mammogram are then more closely examined for cancer. For many years, mammograms recorded images of the breast on film. Now, digital mammograms are available. Digital mammograms store and analyze images using a computer and provide a clearer and more accurate picture. Mammography services are available at St. Rita's Women's Wellness Center, Delphos Ambulatory Care Center, Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center and St. Rita's Mammography at Wapakoneta.

Schedule your mammogram by calling: 419-226-9056.

Who should have a mammogram?

Starting at age 40, every women should have a mammogram every year. If you have certain risk factors, your doctor may suggest you have it done more often. If you have a mother, daughter or sister with pre-menopausal breast cancer, your doctor may want you to have a mammogram earlier than age 40.
 
You may also need a mammogram if you have any of these signs:

  • Unexplained lump of thickening of the breast or armpit
  • Puckering or dimpling of the skin of the breast
  • Discharge or bleeding from the nipple
  • A recent change in the nipple, like a retracted nipple
  • A change in the skin of the breast

2D Digital Mammography

Digital mammography captures the image of the breast by converting X-ray images to an electronic signal. The technologist sees the images within seconds and sends them to the radiologist electronically. The radiologist examines the images on a high-resolution computer monitor. There is no waiting for film to be developed like in the film-based era of mammography. That means shorter visits and quicker results. Digital mammography also offers better image quality as well as a lower dose of radiation.

3D Mammography

Breast tomosythesis is a newer technology that can be used with digital mammography. With tomosynthesis the X-ray makes a sweeping arc over the breast, taking a series of images at different angles. These images can then be reviewed by the technologist and sent to the radiologist for a more well-rounded interpretation. Tomosynthesis is performed during the mammogram while the patient’s breast is compressed.

Preparation

Mammograms should be scheduled for the week after your menstrual period when the breasts are at their smallest and least tender. This makes it less uncomfortable. Don’t use deodorant, powders or creams on the day of the exam. Many of these products contain metal particles that can show up on the mammogram

Results

After your test is completed, your films will be read by a board certified radiologist and analyzed by Computer-Aided Detection (CAD). This technology serves as a second set of eyes for the radiologist and marks any suspicious areas on the mammogram for the radiologist to review again. Research shows that up to 24% more breast cancers are detected using CAD technology. You should receive a letter regarding your results in 2-10 days following your exam. If the radiologist recommends additional testing, one of our nurse care coordinators will call you to schedule an additional appointment for you.

Locations

1. Women’s Wellness Center
770 W. High St., Suite 250, Lima, Ohio,  45801
P: 419-226-4500

2.  Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center
601 U.S. 224, Glandorf. Ohio, 45875
P: 419-538-6288

3.  Delphos Ambulatory Care Center
800 E. Fifth St., Delphos, Ohio, 45833
P: 419-996-5030

4.  Wapak Imaging Center
1015 S. Blackhoof St., Suite D, Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895
P: 419-738-1011