DIGITAL 2D AND 3D MAMMOGRAPHY
Swift County-Benson Health Services offers Screening Mammogram service Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 p.m. Safe and effective, mammograms are the single most important method for early detection of breast cancer. SCBHS is pleased to provide Digital 2D and 3D Mammograms.
Tomosynthesis (tomo or 3D) Mammogram
Tomosynthesis, also known as tomo or 3D, is an advanced type of mammogram that uses the same x-ray technology as
standard 2D mammograms. In tomo (3D) exams, the camera moves in an arc over the breast, taking images from various angles. This type of exam provides images of breast tissue in layers, making it easier to find abnormalities and decreases the chance for additional imaging or testing. A tomo (3D) exam is more accurate for women of all ages, with a higher cancer detection rate. It is recommended for women with dense breast tissue; however, it is beneficial regardless of breast density. Tomo (3D) mammograms are available at Swift County-Benson Health Services. If you would like your annual screening mammogram to include tomo, please request 3D when scheduling your appointment. If you have questions on whether your insurance covers the 3D Tomo screening mammogram, please take the time now to call the number on the back of your insurance card. If your insurance company does not cover the additional charge for 3D mammography, the amount owed will be your responsibility. This would include charges from SCBHS and Midwest Radiology. Because of the variations in plan coverages and deductibles, we are unable to provide price quotes on 3D charges.
What happens during your exam?
During your exam, a specially trained breast imaging technologist will assist in positioning your breast on a platform on the mammography unit. The technologist adjusts the mammography unit to gradually compress the breast. While your breast is compressed, the technologist quickly walks behind a glass partition to take the picture. You will be asked to remain still for a few seconds as the image is captured. Your breast will only be in compression for a few seconds. You will feel pressure on your breast as it is compressed. Although breast compression may cause discomfort, you should not experience significant pain. Inform the technologist if you do experience pain as there are ways to make the exam more tolerable. The process will be repeated for your other breast. A typical screening mammogram consists of two to three pictures of each breast. When your exam is complete, the technologist will review the images, and then send them on to the radiologist.
After your exam
Your images will be examined and interpreted by a board-certified breast imaging radiologist (physician). The results will be sent to your healthcare provider. You will also receive the results in the mail. In certain circumstances, you may need further diagnostic evaluation, such as a diagnostic mammogram or an ultrasound. This does not necessarily indicate an abnormality was found or that your mammogram was not properly obtained, but that additional images are needed to ensure all breast tissue is fully evaluated.
How often should I have a Mammogram?
Current American College of Radiology (ACR) guidelines and The Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) guidelines recommend annual mammograms for women 40 and older, continuing annual as long as a woman is in good health. Annual mammograms and clinical breast exams combined with monthly self-exams are the most effective method for detecting breast cancer. We encourage you to contact your healthcare provider any time you experience a breast abnormality, whether you are due for your mammogram or physical exam. Scheduling a digital 2D or 3D screening mammogram does not require a provider’s order, so do not put it off. Take responsibility for your well-being and be your own best health advocate.
- To schedule your physical and mammogram: 320-843-2030
- To schedule your mammogram only: 320-843-1337
- Walk-in mammograms are screening mammograms, not diagnostic. These are not for patients whose provider has referred them due to specific concerns regarding your breast health, or you have symptoms such as lumps or pain.
- You will need to bring the name of your primary health care provider and make sure it has been one full year since your last mammogram, to comply with most insurance requirements.
- Annual mammograms are recommended for women age 40 and older. Those younger with a family history should consult their provider.
SCBHS Offers Walk-In Mammograms Services:
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Any questions, please call the Radiology Department at 320.843.1337.