Each year, 33 million women undergo a mammogram. This safe, effective screening procedure can detect breast cancer early, improving treatment outcomes. At Gearity Wellness Center, LLC, in St. Cloud and Orlando, Florida, the caring team regularly makes referrals to local imaging centers for mammograms. If you’re concerned about your risk of breast cancer, schedule an appointment. Call the nearest office and speak with a friendly team member or book online today.
A mammogram is a diagnostic imaging technique that takes X-rays of your breasts. The information a mammogram provides assists the team at Gearity Wellness Center, LLC, in diagnosing and treating breast cancer.
If you are a woman who is 40 or older, you should undergo a mammogram every two years. However, if you have a family history of breast cancer or another underlying health problem, you might benefit from earlier or more frequent testing.
At Gearity Wellness Center, LLC, the team does not perform mammograms or breast ultrasounds in-house. Instead, they refer these procedures to The Women’s Center or another local imaging center of your choice.
Before your provider orders a mammogram, the team conducts a physical exam and reviews your medical history. During this appointment, let your provider know if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are, you should wait to undergo a mammogram until later.
On the day of your mammogram, avoid wearing deodorants, body powders, or perfumes. You should also refrain from applying ointments or creams to your breasts or underarms. Products like these can distort your X-ray images, reducing the accuracy of your results.
On the day of your mammogram, a technician asks you to remove your top and jewelry and change into a medical gown. After you change, you sit or stand up, and the technician places each breast onto a flat X-ray plate.
Next, a compressor pushes down on your breast, flattening the tissue and providing a clearer picture. The mammogram machine takes a series of X-rays that automatically upload to a digital monitor. Your technician reviews the images and orders additional X-rays as necessary.
During your mammogram, it’s normal to experience some slight pressure or mild discomfort. To speed up the process, make sure to follow your technician’s instructions carefully.
Mammograms are safe and well-tolerated. However, they expose you to a small amount of radiation. The level of radiation isn’t enough to cause any complications, but if you’re pregnant, your technician may ask you to wear a lead gown. This extra layer of protection shields your growing baby.
Mammograms can detect several problems, including calcium deposits, cysts, cancerous lumps, and non-cancerous lumps. To interpret your mammogram, your provider uses a national diagnostic system called BI-RADS®.
BI-RADS uses an organizational structure with seven categories, ranging from zero to six. Each category determines your risk of benign or cancerous lumps. Additionally, each category has a follow-up plan. If your provider detects a potential problem, they might recommend a follow-up mammogram in six months or a biopsy.
To schedule a mammogram appointment at Gearity Wellness Center, LLC, call the nearest office or book a consultation online today.