Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in their lifetime.
Regardless of family history, the two most common risk factors for breast cancer are: 1. Being a woman and 2. Getting older.
A mammogram uses low-dose X-rays to capture a picture of breast tissue to screen for breast cancer, identify changes in the breast tissue before a lump can be felt and find a lump’s location before a biopsy or surgery. In addition to traditional diagnostic mammography for routine screening, Parkland Medical Center offers digital mammography for the highest degree of clarity and accuracy.
Nationally Accredited with Advanced Technology
At Parkland, we focus on total breast health. As part of our ongoing commitment to early detection using advanced diagnostic tools, we were leaders in bringing the Hologic® Selenia™ digital mammography system to the greater Derry (NH) region, and we continue to invest in the healthcare technology and professionals who deliver the greatest benefits to you. You can trust our results because we’re staffed by highly trained mammographers—certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)—and fully accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Our digital mammography units incorporate a computer-aided detection (CAD) system to review images and deliver an additional check for our radiologists. In addition, our full-field mammography equipment provides more complete and accurate imagery with less discomfort for women with larger breasts.
The Radiation Right safety program at Parkland Medical Center, where we adhere to nationally approved safety protocols that prevent accidental or excessive exposure, ensures you receive the lowest effective dose of radiation.
How You Benefit from Digital Mammography
Digital mammograms offer several advantages over traditional mammograms, including:
- Quicker exams (as little as half the time of film images) with real-time images that can be displayed in seconds
- Better image quality for younger women and those with dense breast tissue; improved imagery near the skin line and chest wall
- The ability for physicians to adjust images with our computer-aided diagnosis system for better views, reducing the need to call you back for additional images
- The capacity to share images instantly with a consulting physician, if a second opinion is needed, ensuring you receive the most accurate diagnosis
Our onsite board-certified radiologists—specialists in breast imaging—analyze the images and report the results to your physician. When a mammogram detects abnormal tissue and your doctor recommends further analysis, we offer multiple options for breast imaging and biopsy.
What to Expect
The day of your mammogram, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete a brief registration process. Don’t use deodorant, perfumes, lotions or powders on your underarms or breasts, although we provide towelettes to assist you in removing these substances. You’ll be asked to undress from the waist up and wrap yourself in the cape we provide, so we suggest wearing a two-piece outfit for convenience. Otherwise, there’s no special preparation for a routine mammogram, which usually takes about 30 minutes.
We use soft MammoPads® to ease any discomfort you may experience from the brief compression of each breast while images are captured during mammograms.
One of our physicians specially trained in breast imaging reviews your mammogram the same day. Typically, about 10 percent of women who have a screening mammogram are asked to return for additional views or testing. If additional views are needed, our staff will call you to arrange a convenient time for you to return. During your return visit, a physician will review your results with you and discuss any further recommendations.
Mammography With Breast implants
If you have breast implants, mammography remains an important diagnostic tool, so continue your regular screening schedule. During the procedure, special positioning and additional views may be required, but our experienced mammographers know exactly what to do to help you feel as comfortable as possible while protecting the integrity of your implant and achieving accurate images.
Find a Breast Lump? Recently Diagnosed With Breast Cancer?
If you suspect you have a breast lump or if you’ve been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, our breast care specialists and breast care navigators are here to help you and your family with a full range of breast care services.
Learn more about mammography, including what to expect, in our online Health Library.
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Schedule a Mammogram
We’ll help you schedule a mammogram at a time that works best for you. Call us at (603) 421-2458 to make, reschedule or cancel your appointment and tell us about:
- Previous mammograms taken at other facilities so we can consolidate your records
- Whether you’re nursing or think you might be pregnant
- Any breast implants
- Any recent breast surgeries or biopsies