Glossary Index

Mammography

Mammography is a safe, low-dose x-ray picture of the breast that allows early detection of breast cancer.

During a screening mammogram, images are taken of each breast from two angles. A diagnostic mammogram may take longer as it requires more images and different angles to rule out any abnormalities, or under special circumstances such as breast implants.

Exam preparation: Our representative will call you prior to your appointment to provide specific instructions, and review health and insurance information. Do not use deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion under your arms or near your breasts on the day of your mammogram. Wear a two-piece outfit so you will have to remove only your top. Notify a member of our staff if you are nursing of if there is a chance you could be pregnant. Bring with you the name, address, and phone number of any facility where you have had a prior mammogram and bring previous films. (The radiologist needs your previous films for comparison in order to make an accurate assessment. Failure to bring your films may result in a delay of the physician's report.) Please arrive 15 minutes early to verify your registration.

During your exam, you will be positioned in front of a special x-ray machine, warmed for your comfort. One at a time, each of your breasts are pressed momentarily between an adjustable platform and a clear plate. Some brief pressure is necessary to flatten the breast in order to get the clearest picture. The entire exam typically takes about 10-15 minutes.

After the exam, a radiologist who specializes in breast imaging will review your mammography pictures. The radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your doctor. Your doctor will consider this information in context of your overall care, and talk with you about the results.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI or MR) is one of the safest, most comfortable imaging techniques available. It combines a powerful magnet (not radiation) with an advanced computer system and radio waves to produce accurate, detailed pictures of organs and tissues to diagnose a variety of medical conditions.

Our MRI suites are spacious, most with natural lighting. High-field, short MRI scanner design combined with our associates compassionate care maximizes patient comfort. We offer a variety of patient comfort tools, including headphones for music, mirrored glasses to see out of the scanner, and a two-way communication system to speak with the technologist anytime during the exam. You may also have someone accompany you in the scanning suite.

The exam time depends on the type of test ordered by your doctor, but generally takes between 20 and 40 minutes to complete. You will be asked to remain as motionless as possible during the exam. Movement causes your images to blur and makes it difficult for the Radiologist to interpret.

After the exam, the images will be review by our Radiologist and a report will be sent to your doctor. Your doctor will contact you regarding the results of your exam.