Guide to Mammography and Diagnostic Breast Services
Jefferson Regional Medical Center endorses the American Cancer Society’s recommendation that all women age 40 or older should have a screening mammogram every year. We can arrange an appointment based on your schedule at a location close to home.
- Screening mammograms are performed when a patient has no breast symptoms or problems.
- Diagnostic mammograms are performed when a patient has one or more breast symptoms such as a lump, thickening, nipple retraction or skin dimpling on the breast, or for women with prior breast cancer or previous abnormal mammograms.
- Ultrasound technology uses high-frequency sound waves to evaluate a physical finding in the breast.
- Stereotactic, ultrasound, and MRI-guided core biopsy is the removal of a small sample of tissue for evaluation by a pathologist. This is performed after the imaging study shows a suspicious area in the breast tissue.
- Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning is an advanced, highly accurate imaging tool used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities when used in conjunction with mammography and ultrasound.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Diagnostic Services honors mammogram vouchers from The Susan G. Komen Foundation/Pittsburgh (For information, visit www.komenpittsburgh.org) and the HealthyWoman Program (HWP), a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. For information on HWP, call 1-800-215-7494.
Tips for Good Mammography
• Do not wear deodorant, powder, or lotion under your arms on the day of your exam.
• Describe any breast symptoms or abnormalities to your technologist during your visit.
• If your last mammogram was not performed at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, we can help you obtain prior mammogram films for review by our radiologists.