3D Mammography, an extraordinary breakthrough in cancer screening and detection, brings a new dimension to breast health.
Our new 3D Tomosynthesis Mammography system delivers greater clarity and more certainty at a lower dose. In fact, the dose is similar to a standard digital 2D exam, but with superior clinical performance for all breast types. Transforming breast cancer detection!
Call us today to learn more and to schedule your 3D Mammogram at 309-743-0445.
What is a Mammogram?
A Mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breast that helps to detect breast diseases in women. Advanced Imaging Center is proud to offer digital Mammography, the newest technology for breast cancer detection. Digital Mammography is performed just like a traditional Mammogram, however a digital image is produced rather than a film image (very similar to the difference between a digital camera and a film camera).
Why should I have a Digital Mammogram?
Breast cancer affects nearly 1 in 8 women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Many studies have shown that early detection is vital to the successful treatment of breast cancer. Digital Mammography allows the Radiologist to view and manipulate the images allowing them to zoom in on suspicious areas that may be early signs of cancer.
Orders, Scheduling, and Insurance - What do I do before the exam?
- No order is required for Screening Mammograms, though a Providers name to send the results of the exam to is required
- An order is required for Diagnostic Mammograms
- You can call us directly to schedule your exam, or your Providers office may and schedule the exam for you
- Call your insurance prior to your exam to determine if 3D Tomosynthesis is a covered service under your insurance plan
- Call your insurance prior to your exam to determine your age restrictions, frequency limitations, other coverage information, or prior authorization or notification requirements.
- You can find more information on billing here: BILLING
Exam Preparation - What do I do before the exam?
- Read over our “Preparing for Your Imaging Exam” page
- Wear an easy to remove shirt and undergarments. This will help your exam go more quickly.
- Do not wear any deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam. These can look like abnormal spots on your Mammogram.
- There are no eating/drinking restrictions.
- Ask your Provider about any medications you are taking, and bring a copy your current medications list with you to your imaging exam
- If you are pregnant and/or breast feeding, or could possibly be pregnant, please let us know
If you have any questions about the preparation instructions, please call our office at 309-743-0445.
How long will the exam take?
The exam takes 15-20 minutes to complete.
What will the exam be like?
You will be asked to disrobe from the waist up and change into a hospital gown. You will then be escorted to the exam room. One of our specially trained technologists will position your breast on the Mammography unit. Your breast will be pressed firmly between two platforms to get the best possible image. You will need to remain still for the exam because movement can make the images blurry.
What happens with my test results?
One of our specially trained Radiologists will study the images of your test and send a final written report to your ordering provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) within 24-48 hours, unless prior imaging is needed for your exam, in which case it may take longer.
Your ordering provider can then discuss the results with you in detail. If you want to discuss your results you will need to contact your ordering provider. Every Provider’s office has different procedures and turnaround time for discussing results of exams. Our staff is not able to discuss the specifics of the results with you or give you a diagnosis.
What if I have further questions?
If you have any further questions or concerns about this procedure, please contact our office at 309-743-0445 or call your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.