Mammography Services What to Expect at UnityPoint Clinic | Des Moines
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180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Waukee, Iowa 50263

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Altoona, Iowa 50009

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3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
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Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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6000 University Avenue
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4020 Merle Hay Road
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Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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What to Expect with a Mammogram

Your health and safety is our top priority. Lutheran Mammography and Breast Imaging Services is taking every precaution to keep you safe before, during and after your visit, including: 

  • Screening patients and team members for illness prior to entering our facilities
  • Requiring all patients and team members to wear a mask
  • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, masks, goggles or face shields when providing patient care
  • Practicing social distancing in our waiting room
  • Enhanced cleaning measures, procedure rooms are thoroughly sanitized and disinfected after each patient

During the Mammogram

Mammography screening is performed on an outpatient basis. During the mammogram, a specially qualified radiologic technologist will position your breast in the mammography unit. Your breast will be placed on a special platform and compressed with a paddle (often made of clear Plexiglas or other plastic). The technologist will gradually compress your breast.

The technologist will stand behind a glass shield during the x-ray exposure. You will be asked to change positions slightly between images. The routine views are a top-to-bottom view and an oblique side view. The process will be repeated for the other breast. You must hold very still and may be asked to keep from breathing for a few seconds while the x-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility of a blurred image.

3D Mammogram machine

When the examination is complete, the patient will be asked to wait until the technologist determines the images are of high enough quality for the Radiologist to read. A routine screening may take 15 to 20 minutes. A diagnostic mammogram may take 40 minutes to an hour.

After the Mammogram

You will receive a letter within a week to 10 days with the results. If you do not receive a letter, make sure to call us. Your physician will receive a report of the results within approximately three business days. If the radiologist is questioning a change in the breast or is seeing a new area, you may be called back for additional imaging. It does not mean the original images were not positioned properly.