A mammogram uses low-dose X-rays to produce detailed images of your breasts. It is one of the best tests for finding breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control says a mammogram can sometimes detect breast cancer up to three years before it can be felt. This early detection can make a big difference in your treatment choices—and their success.
That’s why, once you reach a certain age, it’s important to have regular screening mammograms.
The 3-D difference
We offer mammograms at our Wilton and Malta campuses. On the Wilton campus, you will also find the Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care. At both locations, we use 3-D technology because it improves detection and more effectively pinpoints the size, shape, and location of breast abnormalities. The 3-D technology also results in fewer false alarms.
Some insurance companies may not cover 3-D mammograms. Don’t worry, we’ll cover the difference. It’s important to us that all our patients benefit from the latest technological advancements—and the resulting peace of mind.
When should you start having mammograms?
Once you reach a certain age, a mammogram should become part of your routine healthcare. The age that you begin will depend on your personal situation.
- If you discover a lump on your own, regardless of your age, ask your healthcare provider to suggest an appropriate imaging workup.
- If you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, you should talk with your healthcare provider to discuss whether you should begin screening earlier than women who do have those risk factors.
- If you are a woman of average risk, talk with your healthcare provider about the latest recommendations. Experts have varying opinions on when to start screening. Together, you and your doctor can make the right decision for you.
Scheduling your mammogram
To make an appointment, call 518-580-2232 and choose the location that’s most convenient for you. Both offer extended hours.
Remember to bring your insurance card, your script, and a photo ID.
All mammograms are performed by female technologists who are accredited by the American College of Radiology.