Mammogram Imaging With Comfort And Care
We understand that arriving for your mammogram can be intimidating and sometimes invite anxiety. From the time you arrive at our convenient Alton location until your images are read and delivered by our sub-specialty trained radiologists, your comfort and care is our first priority. As an independent imaging center, our technologists are trained to take as much time as needed to address your questions and concerns without the time constraints common to larger hospital-based facilities. We're confident that you'll appreciate the difference in our approach.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low dose x-ray of the breast’s internal structures, which can detect abnormalities, or problems, with a woman’s breasts. The mammogram test is done by compressing each breast with a paddle on a machine to generate pictures of each breast. Often, a high-quality mammogram is the most effective tool for the early detection of breast cancer.
Will my insurance pay for my mammogram?
In most cases, yes, insurance does cover your yearly screening mammogram. It is always a good idea to call your insurance carrier to double check. This is especially important if you require a diagnostic mammogram or breast ultrasound.
What if I don’t have insurance?
BrightWay offers capped, transparent pricing for those that need to pay out of pocket and we are also in network with local organizations that offer free mammograms to those who qualify.
Do I need a doctor’s order?
You do not need an order for a screening mammogram. BrightWay Imaging recommends seeing your physician prior to your yearly screening for a breast exam. This insures that if you do have an abnormality, we can take care of you properly. An order is required for a diagnostic mammogram and breast ultrasound.
A diagnostic mammogram is done when there is an abnormality seen on your screening mammogram or if you or your physician has detected a lump.
What should I expect at my mammography screening?
On the day of your mammogram, you will be asked to avoid wearing perfume, deodorant, or any lotion or powder because particles from such products may appear on the mammogram and cause unnecessary concern. You will be asked to undress from the waist up, so it is a good idea to avoid wearing a dress to your exam.
All mammograms are performed by a female technologist who is certified in mammography. She will explain the procedure to you and get a brief history. Feel free to ask her questions, as we want you to be as comfortable as possible. She will position your breast on the x-ray detector, and will apply pressure to the tissue to get the highest quality exam.
It is important to note that high-quality mammograms require compression to spread out the breast tissue so it can clearly be seen. This pressure can result in a few moments of discomfort during the exam, but will not harm the breast tissue. Patients should also consider limiting their caffeine intake prior to the exam because caffeine can cause breast tissue to be more sensitive, and the mammogram to be more uncomfortable. It is also a good idea to schedule your mammogram 10 days after the start of your period when breasts are less tender. If you feel the mammogram is too painful, please inform your technologist. Our imaging center also offers MammoPads to make your exam warmer and more comfortable.
Bringing a friend is another way to make your exam more comfortable.
How will I get my results?
Approximately 7-10 days after a mammogram is done, patients will receive a letter from BrightWay Imaging containing their test results. Your personal physician will send a report via fax or mail with your results.
If the study is abnormal, more imaging, such as a diagnostic mammogram and breast ultrasound, may be required. Diagnostic mammograms are also done if you or your doctor feels a lump or some sort of other abnormality.