What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a preventive screening designed to detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. At UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's we offer digital mammography at Sunnybrook Medical Plaza. Digital mammography is the newest standard of care for early breast cancer detection. Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. That's why regular breast exams and early detection are essential.
Who should have a mammogram?
Women, you should conduct regular breast self-exams starting in your teens. In your 20s and 30s, you should also have clinical breast exams as part of a regular health check-up every three years. Then, starting at age 40 you should begin to have yearly mammograms. For more detailed guidelines, read the American Cancer Society's mammogram recommendations.
Mammograms in Men
Although breast cancer is rare in men, it is possible, along with other breast abnormalities and conditions. With years of experience in male mammography, St. Luke's provides preventive breast screenings and mammograms for men to help diagnose cancer, gynecomastia and other men's breast problems.
St. Luke's: Siouxland's Breast Health Leader
St. Luke's Imaging & Breast Screening Services at Sunnybrook Medical Plaza is one of the most comfortable and convenient places to have your annual mammogram. Administered in as little as 15 minutes, your exam will be given by a certified mammography technologist specially trained in breast imaging.
After your mammogram, St. Luke's uses computer-aided detection (CAD) technology to review your mammogram images. CAD technology detects breast abnormalities on the mammogram images and marks them. Recent studies have shown the use of a CAD with screening mammography can result in earlier detection of up to 23% of cancers. All exams are then reviewed by our board-certified radiologists and results are returned in a timely fashion.
Most mammograms turn out completely normal. However, if a suspicious lump or abnormality is detected, St. Luke's also uses ultrasound and advanced breast MRI technology to help in diagnosis.
St. Luke's Mammotome is used to perform biopsies using ultrasound guidance, allowing for removal of a breast abnormality without the need for open surgery. Using mammotome, a physician can guide the system into a suspicious area of the breast to gently collect the abnormal tissue for a biopsy, meaning:
- a less invasive procedure with only a small incision
- less scarring
- faster recovery time so you can return to normal activities the same day
- Learn more about mammotome technology from mammotone.com