Mammogram technician with woman

A mammogram is a type of x-ray that can help detect breast cancer in its early stages. Women age 40 and up do not need a referral from their doctor to get a screening mammogram.

Mammograms performed at Advanced Radiology at UM St. Joseph Breast Health Center are always done with 3D mammogram technology, which uses multiple x-rays to build a three-dimensional image. And you can opt for Enhanced Breast Cancer Detection (EBCD), a breakthrough technology that uses FDA-cleared artificial intelligence to deliver more accurate results. 

What to Expect at Your Screening Mammogram

A screening mammogram uses low-dose x-rays to detect signs of breast cancer, including breast lumps or changes in breast tissue. Screening mammograms, which are especially effective in women who don't have any breast issues, can detect breast cancer before any physical symptoms are present.

During the screening, your breasts will be gently compressed on an x-ray machine to spread out your breast tissue. The images will then be examined by a specialist trained in detecting abnormalities.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women begin screening as early as age 40, but guidelines vary depending on your health, family history and other risk factors.

After Your Mammogram

If the screening detects anything abnormal, you may get a recommendation for additional services, including diagnostic mammography, which provides a more detailed image than a screening.

Do you know your breast cancer risk level? Our Breast Health Center can help you find out.

Scheduling Your Mammogram at UM SJMC

Schedule your mammogram today at Advanced Radiology at UM St. Joseph Breast Health Center. If you have any questions, call our Breast Health Center at 410-427-5510. We are available to answer your questions and to assist you with the process.