Rochelle Community Hospital offers the latest in digital mammography technology. Rather than leaving the room to develop the film, your technologist will review your digital image on a computer screen in the mammography room and determine if the image will need to be repeated for better quality or positioning.
Why Are Mammograms Necessary?
Because mammograms can detect breast lumps up to two years before they can be felt, they are considered the best way to catch breast cancer in its early, most treatable stage. The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35-40 and then begin annual mammograms at age 40.
What Can I Expect During My Mammogram?
During a screening exam, your breast will be compressed between two firm surfaces to spread out the breast tissue. An X-ray is then taken to capture images of your breast and displayed on a screen. The entire procedure – including waiting while the technician checks the quality of the images – usually takes less than 30 minutes. If a screening shows something that needs further images, a diagnostic mammogram will be scheduled.
Diagnostic mammograms are always performed when a radiologist is present. This allows the radiologist to review your digital images while you are here. If additional views or imaging are required, they will be performed immediately and you will know what the radiologist's recommendation is before leaving the hospital.
How Can I Prepare for My Mammogram?
- Schedule the test for a time that your breasts are least likely to be tender – usually the week after your period if you are pre-menopausal.
- Avoid using lotions, creams, powders, and deodorants prior to your exam.
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol an hour before to help ease the discomfort of the test.
How Can I Schedule a Mammogram?
You do not need a physician referral for a screening mammogram. A screening mammogram can only be done once a year and must be within the same calendar month. If you are having symptoms, you will need a physician’s order for a diagnostic mammogram.
It is very important for the radiologist to have your prior mammograms to compare. If you have had mammograms at another facility, please call and have your files sent to Rochelle Community Hospital prior to your appointment.
We also have 3D Mammograms available now!