What is a mammogram?
Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. That’s why regular breast exams and early detection are essential. A mammogram is a preventive screening designed to detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. At St. Luke's we offer digital mammography, the newest standard of care for early breast cancer detection .View a walk-through of the exam and St. Luke’s Imaging & Breast Screening Center in our virtual tour.
Who should have a mammogram?
Starting in their teens and 20s, women should conduct regular breast self-exams. In your 20s and 30s, you should also have clinical breast exams as part of a regular health check-up every three years. Women 40 and over should begin to have yearly mammograms. For more detailed guidelines, read the American Cancer Society’s mammogram recommendations.
Mammograms in Men
Although breast cancer is rare in men, it is possible, along with other breast abnormalities and conditions. With years of experience in male mammography,
St. Luke’s provides preventive screenings and mammograms for men to help diagnose cancer, gynecomastia and other men’s breast problems.
St. Luke’s: Siouxland’s Breast Health Leader
St. Luke’s Imaging & Breast Screening Center is one of the most comfortable places to have your annual mammogram with three warm and private mammography suites. Administered in as little as 15 minutes, your exam will be given by a certified mammography technologist specially trained in breast imaging.
After your mammogram, St. Luke’s uses computer-aided detection (CAD) technology to review your mammogram images. CAD technology detects breast abnormalities on the mammogram images and marks them. All exams are then reviewed by our board-certified radiologists located right on the hospital campus for fast results.
Most mammograms turn out completely normal. However, if a suspicious lump or abnormality is detected, St. Luke’s also uses ultrasound and advanced breast MRI technology to help in diagnosis.
St. Luke's Mammotome is used to perform biopsies using ultrasound guidance, allowing for removal of a breast abnormality without the need for open surgery. Using mammotome, a physician can guide the system into a suspicious area of the breast to gently collect the abnormal tissue for a biopsy, meaning:
- a less invasive procedure with only a small incision
- less scarring
- faster recovery time so you can return to normal activities the same day
Learn more about mammotome technology from Breastbiopsy.com.
Make an Appointment
Schedule your next mammogram or diagnostic screening at St. Luke’s by filling out our easy pre-admission form. You can also call (712) 279-7979 to set up an appointment. Some procedures may require a doctor's referral for scheduling.