Digital Mammography at HGH
A digital mammogram is an x-ray exam of the breast captured in digital format. Hamilton General Hospital performs screening mammograms which are used to detect and evaluate breast changes. Annual screening mammograms can detect cancer when it is too small to be felt by a woman or her doctor. Early detection greatly improves a woman's chance for successful treatment.
Hamilton General Hospital is an
FDA certified mammogram facility.
Hamilton Healthcare System practitioners follow the American Cancer Society's recommendation that all women over 40 years of age receive an annual mammogram.
Most major health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, have begun to cover the entire cost of an annual mammogram as a part of women's wellness for women over 40.
Contact your physician to schedule a mammogram today.
Tips for having a mammogram
- Try to schedule your exam the week following your period, if you have one.
- Our technologist will obtain your previous mammogram films before scheduling your exam.
- You will be required to undress above the waist, please dress accordingly.
- Remove deodorant or antiperspirant prior to your exam. Feel free to bring it to apply after the exam.
What to expect during your mammogram
- Our technologist will take at least 2 images of each breast.
- In order to get the most accurate images, your breasts will be compressed. While this can be uncomfortable, it only lasts a matter of seconds.
- Our technologist is sensitive to your needs and will make you as comfortable as possible during the exam.
- The whole procedure takes about 30 minutes.
- All mammogram facilities are now required to send your results to you within 30 days. Scott and White Radiology Department will contact you within 10 working days with your results.
- If you do not receive results within 10 days, do not assume that your mammogram was normal; call your doctor.
In 2010, HGH Healthcare Foundation launched Mission Mammography to purchase a digital mammography machine for Hamilton General Hospital. With lots of community support, they raised more than $300,000 to purchase the unit that was installed during the summer of 2011. During the first year, Hamilton General Hospital performed 600 mammograms.