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The Harris Breast Center at Boone Hospital Center offers the latest in screening and diagnostic breast imaging technology to improve the early detection of breast cancer.  Traditional 2D mammography and Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, are available to patients at the Harris Breast Center.  The staff and physicians at the Harris Breast Center are honored to be a part of your breast health care team.

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What will my mammogram be like?

Your mammogram will be performed in a private suite by a female technologist who is certified in breast imaging.  A screening mammogram takes multiple views of each breast, from above and from the side.  A diagnostic mammogram may contain standard views and/or additional views of a specific area.  

How are the mammogram images obtained?

Images are obtained by firmly and briefly pressing the breast tissue between a compression paddle and an imaging plate.  Adequate compression is essential to detect subtle abnormalities.  If you select to have a 3D mammogram, it will complement the traditional 2D mammography exam.  No additional breast compression is required and it only takes a few more seconds.

How do I prepare for my mammogram?

There is no preparation necessary for a mammogram prior to your arrival at the Harris Breast Center.  Before the exam, you will be taken to your private dressing room and asked to undress from the waist up, change into a soft gown, and remove any powder, deodorant, lotion and/or perfumes from your underarms and breasts.  Wipes and additional deodorant will be available for your comfort and convenience.

How will I get the results of my mammogram?

Your mammogram and any other related exams will be interpreted by the Harris Breast Center’s radiologists who specialize in breast imaging.  Your screening mammogram report will be finalized within 24 hours and delivered to your referring health care provider.  A results letter will also be mailed to you.  Should your mammogram results recommend further imaging, the Harris Breast Center team will call you 1-2 days following your screening mammogram to schedule a diagnostic mammogram or other testing.  

If you had a diagnostic mammogram, you will know before you leave your appointment whether or not further testing is required. Your report will be finalized within 24 hours and delivered to your referring health care provider and a results letter will also be mailed to you.  Please call your referring health care provider if you have questions or concerns about your exam results.

Can I access my mammogram results online?

Yes!  myBJC is a secure web site that allows you to access your own BJC laboratory and imaging test results online.  Just ask the registration staff for help signing up for myBJC when you check in for your mammogram.


 

Schedule your next mammogram by calling 573.815.8150.

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Learn more about breast health in our Health Library.

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