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Mammography

At Olmsted Medical Center, we understand that getting a mammogram can be stressful. Our goal is to help you understand your risks for breast cancer as well as to help you be as comfortable as possible when you have your mammogram.

Because mammogram screenings are a very important preventive service, Olmsted Medical Center has made scheduling them easier. If you meet the following criteria, you now can schedule your mammogram screening without having a clinical breast exam:

  • You are 40 years or older.
  • Your most recent screening mammogram was more than 12 months ago.
  • You’re not a patient participating in SAGE (Minnesota's breast and cervical cancer screening program).
  • You have seen your primary healthcare provider in the past two years.
  • You do not have any areas of concern in your breasts (pain or other abnormal features/feeling). 

If you have any breast concerns, including breast pain or an area that feels abnormal, you should contact your primary healthcare provider to schedule a breast exam before you make a mammogram appointment.

OMC’s breast imaging facility offers top-of-the-line digital mammography designed to reduce radiation exposure and minimize discomfort while producing the highest image quality. The facility also was designed to offer more of a calming, spa-like experience to reduce the stress and anxiety that many people feel during a mammography. 

Although a clinical breast exam prior to your screening mammogram now may no longer be required, OMC encourages patients to see a primary healthcare provider for annual visits (physical exams). Those visits are very important to your health and well being!

3D Mammography

Mammograms are the best test available for detecting early breast cancer. At the Women’s Health Pavilion, we offer breast imaging with state-of-the-art equipment, including 3D mammography, or True Breast Tomosynthesis.

Unlike a regular mammogram which takes a single image of the breast, a 3D mammogram takes multiple images, from angles not available in traditional 2D mammography. This results in a clearer image which enables the radiologist to look inside the breast, layer by layer, to find tumors better than standard 2D mammography, resulting in fewer recalls. With a 3D mammogram, the process takes only a second or two longer than the traditional mammogram.

We invite you to talk with your primary care provider about which breast health services might be right for you.

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Talk with your primary healthcare provider about breast health services that might be right for you.  Patients are encouraged to contact their insurance company with questions regarding their coverage for 3D mammograms.

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