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3D mammography available in all three counties

Each of Bayhealth’s diagnostic imag-ing locations is equipped to provide you with the latest technology in breast imaging. We have made 3D mammography our standard of care in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex coun-ties, so that you can take advantage of this life-saving technology. Click here to learn more about this technology.

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is your best defense against breast cancer. After age 40, women are encouraged to begin to have annual mammograms to ensure optimal breast health. A mammogram is an x-ray examination used to evalu-ate your breast tissue for any abnor-malities. Mammograms can detect breast cancers, benign tumors, and cysts before they may be noticed in a breast self-exam.

Before your mammogram.

Your mammogram is a very personal experience. We want to provide the most accurate reading, and encourage you to consider the following as you schedule your mammogram.

Breasts are often tender the week before and during menstruation, so try to schedule your mammogram for one to two weeks after your menstrual cycle starts.

Avoid using deodorant, perfume, powders, or ointment on the breast or underarm area on the day of the mammogram. It may interfere with the reading.

Mammograms are most effective when the results can be compared to that of your previous mammogram. Please notify our staff when scheduling your mammogram if you had your previous study at a different facility.

If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, notify your doctor prior to the exam.

What can you expect during your mammogram?

Mammograms can be stressful, but we will do our best to make yours as relaxed as possible.

After you get registered at the front desk, a member of our staff will take you to a gown waiting area where you’ll get changed. You’ll be greeted by one of our certified, experienced technologists who will take you to the exam room, explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Notify your technologist if you have breast implants or if you are breastfeeding.

The technologist will ask you if you have noticed any lumps or other changes in your breasts. If so, she will place an adhesive marker on the area prior to your procedure.

Standing in front or to the side of a mammography machine, your technologist will position your breast on the imaging plate. A separate plastic paddle will be brought down on top of your breast to compress it gently against the imaging plate. Although this may be uncomfortable, compression is very important to reduce radiation exposure and give us the best image possible. Let the technologist know if you’re having any significant discomfort, and she’ll do what she can to complete the procedure as quickly as possible.

The technologist will step behind a protective window. She’ll ask you to hold your breath as she takes your images. Your technologist will reposition your breast as she takes multiple images. Tomosynthesis – or 3D mammography – requires the machine to move while the images are being taken. The examination takes less than 30 minutes.