Ready for your annual mammogram? We’re ready for you.
Presence Mercy Medical Center offers you the perfect combination of advanced technology, convenience, personal care and attention. We’re here to make having your annual mammogram as easy as possible.
Screening mammograms are your best line of defense against breast cancer and are recommended for all women age 40 and older by the American Cancer Society. And at Presence Mercy Medical Center, we have the most powerful weapon yet against breast cancer: 3D mammography.
Mammograms at Presence Mercy Medical Center. Why Choose Us
- You can take comfort knowing that you will receive care from experienced specialists and that we are accredited by the American College of Radiology.
- If further testing is needed, our patient navigator will guide you every step of the way.
- You’ll find convenient appointment times, including evenings and weekends, and appointments as soon as tomorrow.
Breast Care Services at Presence Mercy
- 3D mammography: 3D breast imaging makes it more difficult for cancer to hide. It takes the life-saving technology of mammography and brings it to a whole new dimension. Benefits include:
- Exceptionally sharp images for visualizing the finest details from many different angles.
- Ability to help detect breast cancer earlier than ever before, when it is most curable.
- Increased accuracy so the chances of a ‘false positive’ are much lower.
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): An MRI scan uses radio waves and strong magnets instead of x-rays. A computer translates these waves into a very detailed picture. MRI allows physicians to better identify and locate tumors. The machine uses computer software to identify areas that should be examined more in-depth. If a malignancy is found, the technology creates a 3D rendering so physicians know its exact dimensions and location. This technology is used in cases where a mammogram doesn't provide a complete picture, or when a woman is at high risk.
- Breast ultrasound: An ultrasound uses sound waves to outline a part of the body. The sound wave echoes are picked up by a computer to create an image that is displayed on the computer screen.
- Biopsy: A biopsy is done when other tests show that you might have breast cancer. The only way to know for sure is for you to have a biopsy. During this test, cells from the breast are removed so they can be studied in the lab. There are several kinds of biopsies, including
- Fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB): A very thin (fine) needle is used in this test to try to draw fluid out of the lump. If the fluid drawn out is clear, the lump is most likely a benign cyst. Bloody or cloudy fluid can mean either a cyst or, rarely, cancer. If the lump is solid, small pieces of tissue are removed, and will be looked at under a microscope to see if they are cancer.
- Stereotactic core needle biopsy: The needle used for this test is larger than the one for fine needle biopsy. It is used to remove several cylinders of tissue. The biopsy is done with local anesthesia (the area is numbed) on an outpatient basis.
- Surgical biopsy: Sometimes surgery is needed to remove all or part of a lump so it can be looked at under a microscope. The entire lump as well as some normal tissue around it may be removed. Most often this is done in the hospital on an outpatient basis. Local anesthesia is used and sedation may also be given to help you relax and make you less aware of the process.
Schedule your mammogram today by calling 877.737.4636.