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These are screening exams only. Please contact your provider if you are experiencing symptoms (i.e. lump, pain, etc.) 

Breast Imaging / Mammography

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lifetime, and early detection is crucial for successful treatment and improved outcomes.

As a leading provider of medical imaging services, Alliance Imaging understands the significance of these statistics and the impact they have on women's lives. That's why we offer comprehensive, high-quality medical imaging services to help you stay proactive about your health.

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What is Mammography?

Mammography is a low-dose X-ray imaging method used to effectively detect early signs of breast cancer, even before any physical symptoms manifest. It involves taking images from different angles, allowing our radiologists to examine any abnormal changes or growths that may be present.

Who needs It?

While it is generally recommended for women over 40, the frequency may vary based on your risk factors and as well as your medical history.

For example, if you have a family history of breast cancer or genetic mutations such as BRCA1 or BRCA2 you may be advised to start earlier and have them more frequently.

Why is Breast Imaging Performed?

Screenings can identify abnormalities in your body tissue years before they would even be noticeable during your physical examination. The earlier a breast cancer is detected, the more likely treatment will be successful. The opportunity to discover breast cancer at an earlier stage is most likely with an annual screening mammogram. 

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Early Detection

Preventive Care

The American College of Radiology recommends annual screening mammograms for all women over 40 to detect potential issues at their earliest stages, allowing you to take action before conditions escalate.

Comprehensive Evaluation

If you're experiencing symptoms such as a lump or any pain in your breast, or if your screening mammogram reveals abnormalities, diagnostic mammography can provide a radiologist with more detailed images. We may also recommend utilizing other imaging techniques such as a breast ultrasound or breast MRI.

This helps us to make an accurate diagnosis and helps your doctors plan the most effective course of treatment.

What to Expect

Pre-Procedure Briefing

As soon as you arrive, our specially-trained technologist will guide you. To ensure we provide the most accurate and personalized care, we'll also ask a few brief questions about your health history

Getting Ready

You'll then need to change into a gown from the waist up. We understand you might feel a little uncomfortable, but rest assured, your privacy and comfort are our utmost priorities.

The Imaging Process

Your breast will be positioned between two plates on our mammography unit. A short, low-dose X-ray will then capture an image of its tissue.

Understanding Compression

During the imaging process, you'll experience some compression of your breast. While this might feel a bit unusual, it shouldn't cause you any significant pain.

Time Frame

A typical screening includes two to three images of each breast and takes about 15 minutes. We genuinely value your time and aim to make the process as efficient as possible without compromising the quality of care.

How Do I Prepare?

On the day of your mammogram, avoid wearing deodorant, perfume, or lotion under your arms or on your chest as these can appear as white spots on your mammogram. Also avoid caffeine. 

If you wear a medical device that should not be x-rayed, let your technologist know and bring your remote if necessary. 

It’s best to wear a two-piece outfit since you'll only need to undress from the waist up.

Lastly, try to schedule your appointment for a time when your breasts are least likely to be tender, such as the week after your menstrual period.

  • Do I need a referral for a mammogram?
    No, a referral is not necessary to schedule a mammogram, but you should check with your insurance provider to ensure it’s covered.
  • Is the radiation from a mammogram harmful?
    No, as it only uses a very small dose of radiation--extremely low.
  • Can men have mammograms?
    Yes, while rare, they can also get breast cancer. If a man has symptoms such as a lump in the breast, a mammogram may be recommended.
  • What if I have implants?
    You can, and should, have a mammogram if you have breast implants. Just make sure to inform your technologist before the procedure. Images of your breast are taken to ensure the implants are intact, then followed by another set of images of just your breast tissue.
  • What happens if my mammogram shows something abnormal?
    Not all abnormalities are cancerous. If something unusual is seen, we may order additional tests to determine the cause, which could include additional imaging or a biopsy for analysis.
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Why Choose Alliance Imaging for your Mammography in St. Cloud

Our team of highly trained professionals is dedicated to providing you with excellent care and ensuring your comfort while creating a welcoming environment where you feel safe and cared for.

Our state-of-the-art technology ensures accurate readings and timely results so you can have peace of mind.

Whether you're coming in for a routine screening or a diagnostic test due to symptoms such as a lump or pain, you can trust that you're in good hands with us.

Learn more about our Breast Imaging services or to schedule your appointment, please contact us at 320-255-6530. 

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