To get your mammogram screening, you will need to see your primary care provider. Make sure you tell him or her about any breast problems you may be having so they can order the right tests for you.
If you need a Primary Care Provider call 928-537-6700 or visit http://doctors.summithealthcare.net.
At Summit Healthcare, we’re a family. We’re your family, your community. We live here with you and we want to provide you with the best care possible.
We know what it’s like to have health needs or concerns. We understand when you’re scared or trying to be proactive in your own healthcare.
That’s why we offer the best services available in our Women’s Imaging Department. We have the latest and the greatest technology, and a staff that really cares about your healthcare needs.
How Do I Prepare for a Mammogram?
If you’ve noticed any changes in your breasts or have any concerns, talk to your doctor before scheduling a mammogram. If you’re over 40 and want to schedule a routine mammogram, you do not need to talk with your doctor beforehand. To schedule a mammogram, you will need to request an order from you physician. Make sure you tell him or her about any breast problems you may be having so they can order the right tests for you. Once our scheduling department receives the order they’ll call you to set you up with an appointment. For all mammograms, we recommend:
- Avoid using deodorant, antiperspirants, lotions, creams, powders or perfumes under your arms or on your breasts on the day of your mammogram.
- Schedule your mammogram during a time when breasts will not be tender. For most women, the best time to schedule is the week after their period.
- If you’ve had a mammogram before or are going to a new facility, bring any prior mammogram images to your appointment.
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication if you find that having a mammogram is uncomfortable.
- Remember to always inform your doctor or x-ray technician if you are or might be pregnant.
At Summit Healthcare, we offer a variety of mammography services for our patients. These include:
- 2D Digital Mammography– High quality Mammogram using our ‘mammo pads’ for a softer, more comfortable Mammogram.
- 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)– Like a normal digital mammogram, but a better quality of image. This type of mammogram is designed to see through the breast tissue even better than the 2D Mammogram. It has the same number of images and the same compression as a 2D mammogram. Check with your insurance company before your appointment, not all insurance companies will pay for this.
- Breast Ultrasound– Used in combination with Mammograms sometimes. It’s a helpful tool to use with your Mammogram. There are things Mammograms can see that Ultrasounds cannot, so it’s not recommended to replace a Mammogram, but to be used with the Mammogram when more information is needed on a specific area of the breast.
- Breast MRI– Breast MRI’s are used to help doctors screen high-risk patients, evaluate how big a known breast cancer is, and get additional information on areas of concern found on a Mammogram. A Breast MRI takes about 40 minutes. During that time you’ll be laying on your stomach in the MRI machine. Contrast is used in this study and is injected into an IV in your arm during the scan.
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy– This is a biopsy done in the mammo department with mammo guidance. Your breast is put in compression, the area of concern is targeted, one of our Radiologists will perform the biopsy, giving you numbing medicine, and taking the samples of tissue. Afterwards a small clip is placed in the breast to mark the area sampled. No stitches are needed, just a small bandage.
- Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy– This is a breast biopsy done in ultrasound. An ultrasound probe is used to find the area of concern. Then one of our Radiologists will perform the biopsy, giving you numbing medicine, and then take the samples of tissue. Afterwards a small clip is placed in the breast to mark the area sampled. No stitches are needed, just a small bandage.
- Needle Localizations– These can be done in Mammogram or Ultrasound depending on the Radiologist’s recommendation. These are to assist a surgeon if there is a cancerous area or an area of concern that needs to be surgically removed. The radiologist would find the area of concern (with either Mammo or Ultrasound), give you numbing medicine in the area, and insert a hollow needle. Once the needle is in place, he would insert a long wire through the needle, pull the needle out, and leave only the wire in place. The surgeon would then follow that wire to the area of concern and remove it. You are awake during this procedure. Anesthesia is given after this procedure, before your surgery.
- Bone Densitometry (DEXA)– This is a study to check your bone strength. It checks for osteoporosis or osteopenia. This is one of the easiest tests to have done. You just lay on the table and a small camera moves over you for a few minutes. No contrast, needles etc.
*All of our Technologists and Radiologists are registered and board-certified. Our Women’s Imaging Department is ACR and FDA accredited.
What does that mean to you? It means we have done everything we can to be the best at our jobs. We have gone through all the training and taken all the tests. We want to give you the best care we can. We don’t skimp on education and training.
*We offer many of these same services in our Snowflake Clinic. See the Snowflake Clinic Tab (make this a link to that tab) for more information.
Women’s Imaging Services
MRI of the Breast
Breast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can help physicians screen high-risk patients, evaluate the extent of a known breast cancer, and further evaluate areas of concern found on mammograms and ultrasounds or during physical examinations.
The American Cancer Society recommends breast magnetic resonance imaging screens for women at high risk for breast cancer. A high risk for breast cancer is typically because of a strong family history. A strong family history is usually a mother or sister who has had breast cancer before age 50. It can also be aunts or cousins, including those on your father’s side. Relatives who have had ovarian cancer also increase your risk. Your radiologist or primary care doctor can look at your family history and determine if MRI screening may be appropriate for you.
Reasons for a Breast MRI
An MRI of the breast can help detect cancer and evaluate breast tissue. We would perform a breast MRI for a number of reasons. These include:
- Check for more cancer in the same breast or the other breast after breast cancer has been diagnosed
- Distinguish between scar tissue and tumors in the breast
- Evaluate a breast lump (usually after biopsy)
- Evaluate an abnormal result on a mammogram or breast ultrasound
- Evaluate for possible rupture of breast implants
- Find any cancer that remains after surgery or chemotherapy
- Screen for cancer in women at high risk for breast cancer (such as those with a strong family history)
- Screen for cancer in women with very dense breast tissue
An MRI of the breast can also show:
- Blood flow through the breast area
- Blood vessels in the breast area
- Breast MRI is more sensitive than mammogram, especially when it is performed using contrast dye. However, breast MRI may not always be able to distinguish breast cancer from noncancerous breast growths. This can lead to a false positive result.
- MRI also cannot pick up tiny pieces of calcium (microcalcifications), which mammogram can detect.
- A biopsy is needed to confirm the results of a breast MRI.
Schedule a Consultation
Show Low Location:
2200 E Show Low Lake Rd
Show Low, AZ 85901
Snowflake Location (Hours of Operation 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday):
1121 South Main Street
Snowflake, AZ 85937
At any location you choose, and for any test you’re having, know that we’re here to help. We want to take the best images, get you clear results, and treat you like a person during the process. Come see us for what really is compassionate care, close to home.