Mammography

Springfield Regional Imaging Center's full-field digital mammography equipment offers patients less radiation and more comfortable compression devices that aid in the early detection of breast cancer. Staffed with the same mammographers that you have grown to trust over the years, we are dedicated to providing women specialized care and proven technology.

Scheduling Your Mammogram

Scheduling your mammogram is quick and easy and you can schedule your screening mammogram without a doctor's order. Simply contact our scheduling department by telephone. A helpful associate will work with you to determine the time and location that work best with your schedule. Specific questions about the mammography process, including requests to ensure your comfort and convenience, can be answered at the time of your call.

To schedule your mammogram, call our scheduling department today at 937.328.8100.

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. It can find breast cancer that is too small for you, your physician, or a nurse to feel. 

The exam is performed by compressing the patient's breast between two plates to capture the image of the breast tissue. While there may be some discomfort, it is important that the breast is compressed to increase the image quality and lower the exposure to radiation. At least two (2) images are taken of each breast. Each breast is X-rayed once from top to bottom and once at a slight angle. The mammography images are then reviewed by the physician.

Who should have a Mammogram and When?

There are two types of mammograms - a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram.

  • A screening mammogram is an X-ray exam of the breasts in a woman who has no complaints or symptoms of breast cancer. The goal is to detect cancer when it is still too small to be felt by a woman or her physician. Screening mammograms are recommended every year for women once they reach 40 years of age. In some instances, physicians may recommended beginning screening mammography before age 40 if the woman has a strong family history of breast cancer.
  • A diagnostic mammogram is advisable for anyone who notices any change in their breast like a lump or hardening when examining the breast or armpits, has a family history of breast cancer, or has had an abnormality found during a screening mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram is usually more time-consuming because additional images need to be taken of the areas of concern and a biopsy may need to be performed.


The Benefits of Digital Mammography

  • Fewer callbacks or retakes for additional images because images can be enhanced with the computer
  • Less time may be needed because the results are seen more quickly - so that means less anxiety and discomfort for you
  • The doctor can electronically manipulate images with digital mammograms for a more accurate diagnosis
  • The potential for more efficient access to mammograms is possible because digital mammograms can be electronically transmitted to another physician for viewing or printing

What is 3D Mammography?

3D mammography produces a series of high-resolution images that minimize the effects of overlapping breast tissue, by visualizing the breast in multiple layers. This new technology increased the detection of all breast cancers by 27%.* 3D mammography works in conjunction with standard 2D mammography. It's performed at the same time with the same system. There is no additional compression, and it only takes a few seconds longer with each view.

*Site source Hologic http://www.hologic.com/sites/default/files/DS-00194_SeleniaD_5000_US_Tomo_Rev%20002_11-13.pdf