Mammography at CMH
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. Community Memorial Hospital offers mammograms using the Genius™ 3D Mammography exam with SmartCurve™ technology.
Contact your primary care provider to order your yearly mammogram and call (563) 578-3275 to schedule!
Genius™ 3D Mammography
This equipment is the most advanced technology in breast cancer screening.
- Finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%
- FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone
- Reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone
Compared to 2D exams
- 98% of patients feel more confident and secure in their results from a Genius™ exam
- 93% of patients reported feeling less anxious with Genius™ exams than with traditional 2D Mammography
- 91% of patients agree the quality of care provided by the facility was better with a Genius™ exam
- 94% of patients are likely to request a Genius™ exam for their next mammogram
What to Expect
During your 3D mammogram, your breast will be placed on a flat surface by the mammographer. The SmartCurve™ compression paddle will then be pressed firmly against the breast to spread out the tissue. The curved design of the compression device mirrors the shape of a woman's breast to reduce pinching and applies uniform compression over the entire breast for added comfort. Then, multiple low-dose, high definition images, or "slices", of the breast are taken at different angles. With this new technology, the radiologist can view a mammogram one layer at a time. This produces images in which the fine details of the breast are more clearly visible and no longer hidden by overlapping tissue.
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.