Mammography

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States,  other than skin cancer. In fact, 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

With advancements in care and support programs, there are more than 2.8 million American survivors. One of the best ways to reduce breast cancer risk is to focus on a healthy diet and physical activity and make a mammogram part of your yearly routine after the age of 45.

What is Mammography?

Mammography is a process of using low-dose X-rays to examine the human breast and is used as a diagnostic as well as a screening tool. The goal of mammography is the early detection of breast cancer, typically through detection of characteristic masses and/or micro-calcifications. Mammography is believed to reduce mortality from breast cancer. No other imaging technique has been shown to reduce risk, but breast self-examination (BSE) and physician examination are considered essential parts of regular breast health.

Digital Mammography

MacNeal Hospital has digital mammography, which uses X-rays to produce an image of the breast, creating an electronic image that can be easily enhanced, magnified or manipulated for easier evaluation by a radiologist. Digital mammography may help radiologists view subtle differences between normal and abnormal tissue.

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MacNeal Hospital is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

What to expect during mammography

If this is your first mammogram, we will conduct a screening mammogram, which serves as a “baseline” for comparison with future mammograms. Using compression, the technologist will take two views of each of your breasts. Although you may experience discomfort from the compression, it is a necessary step in obtaining clear images of your breasts and only lasts a few seconds per picture.

Types of mammography

Screening Mammogram – A routine yearly exam for women with no identified breast problems

Diagnostic Mammogram – Performed when there are current breast problems. This is a longer appointment and you will have your results when you leave.

Additional Views – Sometimes required when there is a need for more information on an area of the breast.

Preparing for your mammography exam

Please arrive at the MacNeal Hospital Breast Center for your mammogram:

3249 S. Oak Park Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402
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Please remember to bring the following items with you:

  • Insurance card(s) and any referral/authorization forms
  • Picture identification
  • Prescription from your doctor
  • Past mammography films taken at a facility other than a Loyola facility

Please do not use deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts. We suggest you wear a two piece outfit, making it easier to remove only your upper clothing when changing into a hospital gown.

IMPORTANT: If you do not have your prescription and any needed referral/authorization forms with you when you arrive, you may need to reschedule your exam. We strongly encourage you to contact your insurance carrier to check your specific mammogram benefit coverage.

Your mammography results

Our radiologists will interpret your mammogram or other breast imaging exam and send the results to your physician, usually within 24 to 48 hours.

Schedule a mammogram

Please call 708-783-3150 or send us an appointment request to schedule your mammogram.