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Mammogram Basics

What to Expect During Your Mammogram at Methodist Charlton

A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of breast tissue used to screen for breast cancer. Each breast is X-rayed separately, from at least two angles, while it's pressed between two plates to spread the tissue and create a clearer image.

Who needs a mammogram?

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends yearly mammography beginning at age 40. Women with a family history of breast cancer may need to start screening sooner. If you have a family history of breast cancer, ask your doctor when you should start getting regular mammograms.

Who is eligible for a screening mammogram?

A woman is eligible for a screening mammogram if she meets the following criteria:

  • She is age 40 or older
  • She is not pregnant or nursing
  • She is at least 5 years out from previously diagnosed breast cancer
  • She is not currently experiencing any breast symptoms, such as a lump or breast pain
  • She has not had a mammogram within the past 12 months

Where is a mammogram performed?

You can schedule an appointment at our Women's Imaging Center or with our mobile mammography van. Either option offers you the latest in technology and a softer, warmer, and more comfortable digital mammogram with the foam-cushioned MammoPad®.

Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Women's Imaging Center

ImageChecker® Enhanced Breast Cancer Screening

ImageChecker is a computer system that highlights suspicious areas on breast mammograms. Combined with the trained eye of a radiologist, this technology can help ensure that breast cancers will be detected as early as possible.