Mammograms

When it comes to breast health, early detection is the best prevention. Women should have regular mammograms beginning at age 40, or sooner if recommended by their healthcare provider. Allen Hospital uses both digital and 3D mammography to screen for and diagnose breast health issues.

Digital mammography has many benefits, including higher detection rates in some patients, fewer recalls and lower doses of radiation.

3D mammography uses high-powered computing to convert multiple low-dose digital breast images taken at different angles into a stack of very thin layers or "slices" building what is essentially a "3D mammogram". Fine details of the breast are more clearly visible and no longer hidden by overlapping tissue.

Walk-in Mammograms Available

Breast cancer prevention now features the convenience of walk-in mammograms at all three locations in the Cedar Valley – Allen Hospital, Prairie Parkway and United Medical Park. By simply walking in, you can receive a mammogram at a time that's convenient for you with a doctor's order (goldenrod form). 

Walk-ins are available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at all three locations in Waterloo and Cedar Falls. For more information, call (319) 235-5100 or (866) 960-8179.

What to Expect During Your Mammogram

A mammogram is a x-ray picture of the breast used to detect tumors and cysts and to help differentiate benign and malignant diseases. It is an important screening tool in a woman's personal fight against breast cancer. During your mammogram, your breast will be placed on a flat surface by the mammographer. A compression paddle will then be pressed firmly against the breast to flatten out the tissue. This may be uncomfortable but should not be painful.

Preparing for Your Mammogram

In order to prepare for your mammogram, please do not wear any deodorant, powders, ointments, or perfumes under the arms or on your breasts. These items may cause artifacts on the images.