Frequently Asked Questions: 3D Mammography
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts that enables doctors to identify breast problems. An essential screening tool in the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, mammograms can show changes in the breast years before a patient or physician can feel them or before noticeable symptoms occur.
Spooner Health is pleased to offer the latest and most advanced form of mammography, Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams. This new technology quite literally saves lives, as it can detect deadly cancers at a rate 41% higher than traditional mammograms.
Over half of the nation’s top cancer hospitals use this machine, and over 5 million women have already been screened. Spooner Health is proud to bring this technology to our patients as part of our ongoing commitment to provide the best possible healthcare.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 715-939-1594.
Mammography Frequently Asked Questions
I just had a mammogram. Why do I need an additional imaging exam? Do I have cancer?
Often times, additional imaging, such as ultrasound, is required so the radiologist can view the breast more comprehensively. This is just routine and does not automatically mean you have cancer.
Can I have an ultrasound instead of a mammogram?
No. Only mammograms are endorsed by the American College of Radiology as a screening tool for breast imaging. However, ultrasound is an excellent secondary imaging tool that radiologists can use to detect abnormalities in the breast and determine if an area is fluid, a cyst, or a solid nodule.
When should I schedule my first mammogram?
A woman should have her first mammogram when she’s 40 years old, and generally every 1-2 years thereafter. Your personal risk factors and family history, as well as your doctor’s recommendation should determine how often you have a mammogram.
How will I get my results?
Our board-certified radiologist will review your mammogram and we will mail your results to you and your doctor.
Does my mammogram include a breast exam?
No. Breast exams are not performed at Spooner Health.
Do I need to bring my previous mammogram films?
Yes. Our radiologist needs to see how this mammogram compares with your previous exams. This allows us to identify any subtle changes as well as eliminate the need for further imaging and even a biopsy.
Can I wear deodorant or powder to the exam?
We would prefer you didn’t, but if you have, we will simply ask you to use a special hypoallergenic wipe before your exam.