What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray image of the breast. Mammography allows doctors to examine breast tissue for signs of cancer.

Who should get a mammogram?

The American College of Radiology (ACR) recommends annual screening starting at 40 years old for women of average risk, but earlier and more intensive screening for high-risk patients.

Why should a person matching the criteria get a mammogram?

Early detection is critical to outcomes. By finding cancer early through regular mammograms, it allows for more treatment options and the opportunity for successful treatment. However, it’s also important for the people who care for you.

How is a mammogram performed?

During the test, a patient stands in front of a specialized X-ray machine. A technician positions the patient's breast on a clear plastic plate. Another plate presses against the breast from above and holds it still while the X-ray is taken. The process is performed first on one breast, then the other.

What is 3D mammography and how is artificial intelligence (AI) involved?

3D mammography is the most advanced detection technology that allows medical professionals to better detect any anomalies in the breast tissue. AI technology analyzes screening images beyond the capabilities of the human eye to improve diagnostic accuracy. The coupling of these two technologies forms the most advanced breast cancer screening available today. The new AI-enhanced 3D mammography is also the lowest radiation exposure for all breast cancer screening devices.

Parkridge Health is committed to providing easily accessible mammography services in a safe, comfortable environment.

A knowledgeable breast patient navigator is available for patients who require follow-up care.

Digital Mammography Hours

  • Parkridge Medical Center: Monday through Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm ET
  • Parkridge East Hospital: Monday through Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm ET
  • Parkridge West Hospital: Monday through Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm CT