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A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breast done in complete privacy by a specially-trained female technologist.
St. Anthony's Digital Mammography is a full-field digital capture that allows our radiologists to detect lesions at their earliest stages and offers the flexibility of a variety of views to assist in making a diagnosis.
The American Cancer Society guidelines recommend that women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year. Screening mammography offers the best chance of finding breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early means more treatment options and a better chance for a cure.
Diagnostic mammograms are used to check specific breast changes found on physical exam or a screening mammogram. If you experience any of the following, please see your physician immediately:
- Lump or swelling
- Skin dimpling
- Pain or tenderness in the breast
- Unusual nipple discharge
- Rash of the breast area that will not go away
A diagnostic mammogram requires a physician order.
The Mammography Procedure:
|Two views of each breast are routine. Compression of the breast with a plastic plate is needed to get the best possible image. Compression may be uncomfortable, but it only lasts a few seconds and can be reduced at any time by patient request. To minimize the discomfort, a MammoPad® provides a soft cushion. A small amount of women will need further testing because of changes seen on their mammogram. The additional testing can include:
- Magnification views
Scheduling your Mammogram
Your physician may request that you have a mammogram and make arrangements for your study.
If you are 40 years of age or older, you can contact the Women's Wellness Center or St. Anthony’s Diagnostic Scheduling directly and ask to be scheduled for a mammogram. You may only schedule yourself for a mammogram if you have no symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, please schedule an exam with your physician.
Preparing for Your Mammogram
Click here for more information on preparing for your mammogram.
St. Anthony's is a Softer Mammogram Provider
Notification of Results
St. Anthony’s will send results to you and your physician. If you require additional testing, results will be sent to you for each exam.
St. Anthony’s sends a reminder notice to you when it is time for your yearly mammogram.
Women's Wellness Nurse Navigator assists patients through diagnosis and education to help them make informed decisions regarding treatment options. The Nurse Navigator is there to provide education and emotional support.
Women's Wellness Center
or Diagnostic Scheduling 217-347-1540
TOLL FREE: 800-900-1540
For concerns, contact:
Marilyn Boone, Women's Wellness Manager
Location of the Service:
St. Anthony’s Women's Wellness Center
900 West Temple Avenue
Effingham, Illinois 62401
St. Anthony’s Diagnostic Center – Newton
507 West Washington Street
Newton, Illinois 62448