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Early stages of breast cancer can be asymptomatic, but mammograms can detect cancer years before symptoms appear. Our care teams are dedicated to helping you feel comfortable and giving you the best mammogram experience possible at all our imaging locations, including our outpatient AMI at Inspira facilities.

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray image of the breast that technologists use to look for abnormalities and changes in breast tissue. Getting an accurate image of the breast makes pinpointing problems much more precise and improves early detection of breast cancer—even before a lump can be felt.

Most women and people assigned female at birth should get annual mammograms starting at age 40, and sometimes as earlier. If you have a family history of breast cancer, your provider may recommend a different screening schedule.

How Mammograms Work

During a mammogram, a technologist compresses your breast between two clear plastic plates to take X-ray images—a technique that uses beams of electromagnetic energy that pass through your body and are absorbed in different amounts by your bones, tissues and organs. All mammograms done at Inspira imaging centers and AMI at Inspira’s outpatient centers use 3D technology, which results in more detailed images of breast tissue that can clearly identify lumps or tumors that may require additional testing.

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Other Types of Breast Imaging

While 3D mammograms are helpful in identifying lumps or tumors, some people may need additional testing to diagnose abnormalities, especially those who have dense breast tissue or are considered high-risk. Additional breast imaging may include:

When scheduling your MRI appointment, identify if you have any of the following:

  • Breast ultrasound, which uses sound waves to create images of the internal structures of the breast
  • Breast MRI, which uses radio waves and magnets to create detailed images of the breast tissue

In addition, our technicians use a powerful platform called InSight conduct a high-risk cancer assessment for every person who gets a mammogram at the Inspira and AMI at Inspira imaging centers.


What to Expect When You Get a Mammogram

The day of your mammogram, you should not wear deodorant, powder or lotion—these products often contain metallic materials, like aluminum, that can show up on X-rays and are hard to distinguish from other artifacts on the images.

During a mammogram imaging procedure, a technologist will position you in front of the mammography machine and one breast will be held in place by two compression plates.

While remaining as still as possible, the machine will capture multiple low-dose X-ray images of your breast. The procedure will then be repeated on your other breast, capturing one side-by-side view and one top-to-bottom view of each breast. This approach allows the technologist to see the breast tissue clearly in three dimensions, which is especially crucial to identifying breast cancers that may be hidden or obscured by overlapping breast tissue on standard mammography.

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