A mammogram is a specialized X-ray used to analyze breast tissue. This method of imaging and radiology
can help screen for abnormal changes before a lump is large enough to be felt.
Mammography is a valuable breast cancer screening tool, but can also aid in the early detection of other breast diseases too. Its low levels of radiation make it a safe diagnostic procedure.
When to Have a Mammogram
According to the American Cancer Society, mammograms should be scheduled as follows:
• A baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40.
• A mammogram annually after age 40.
• Any time you feel a lump, have a nipple discharge or inversion, see skin dimpling or notice any other changes in the breast.
Digital Mammography at Hunt Regional
Our imaging center and mobile mammography coach are both equipped with digital technology, which offers several advantages over traditional mammograms.
- It usually takes less than half the time of traditional film-based mammography
- There are more viewing options for detection of abnormalities
- Digital images give better visibility of the breast
- Images can be viewed on computers, making them available for comparison with earlier images if you have moved
Women who choose Hunt Regional can expect a more comfortable mammogram featuring the latest technology available and personalized follow-up communication.
The breast imaging center at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, as well as the Tubby Adkisson Mobile Mammography Coach are accredited by the American College of Radiology, the Food and Drug Administration of the U. S. Government, the State of Texas Department of Health and the American Registry of Radiological Technologists' Advanced Mammography Certification Program.
Woman's Touch® MammoPad®
For a softer, warmer mammogram. Hunt Regional's imaging center uses an FDA-approved foam cushion, called the Woman’s Touch® MammoPad®. This special MammoPad is designed to ease the discomfort many women feel when they get a mammogram by cushioning the compression plates of the mammography unit. The cushion, which is hypoallergenic and latex-free, does not interfere with X-rays.
Patients who may benefit from using MammoPad include women with a history of breast cancer, previous pain with a mammography, recent surgery, breast implants, first-time mammograms, those taking hormone therapy, women with small or heavy breasts, those with sensitive skin or those with high-anxiety about the procedure.
Scheduling a Mammogram
To schedule a mammogram at Hunt Regional Medical Center
or at a remote location via our mobile mammography coach
, call 903-408-5010
To prepare for your mammogram
, do not use deodorant, powder, cream or perfume on your underarms or breasts before your test. These may interfere with the exam.
After the exam
, your mammogram will be reviewed by a radiologist who will prepare the report for your doctor. If an abnormality is detected, your doctor may schedule you for additional breast imaging or for a breast biopsy.