Early detection is the best protection when it comes to breast cancer. Mammography is a screening tool that can find breast cancers while they are too small, or subtle to be felt in a physical breast examination. Screening mammography typically begins at age 40, (sometimes earlier if you have a strong family history) and is done annually. Diagnostic mammography is done when there is a problem, such as a lump or an abnormal finding on a screening mammogram.

At Cassia Regional Hospital We Offer:

  • Digital screening
  • Diagnostic mammograms
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast biopsy

Cassia Regional Hospital is pleased to offer the most advanced breast imaging technology available – 3D Mammography – a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection across all breast densities, particularly women with dense breasts. We are also one of the first in the nation to install a curved plate technology which reduces discomfort significantly.

Cassia Regional encourages women to get an annual mammogram. Any woman can elect to have a 3D exam. Please check with your insurance to see how you are covered.

Introducing 3D Mammography

During the 3D exam, the x-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images. Then a computer produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail in a way never before possible. Our new mammogram machine is FDA approved as superior for dense breasts and is proven to:

  • Detect 20 to 65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone
  • Detect breast cancers earlier
  • Reduce callbacks by up to 40 percent
  • Find 41 percent more invasive cancers than conventional mammography alone
  • Increase comfort with new SmartCurveTM technology that distributes pressure
  • Be covered by Medicare and most insurances

What to Expect

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How long will it take?

The exam will take about 30 minutes from start to finish. 
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What will happen before the exam?

The technologist will ask about your family history, if you've had any procedures done to your breasts, or if you are taking hormones. Then you will be given a gown and be instructed to remove everything from the waist up (wearing a two piece outfit is a good idea). Deodorant will need to be removed with provided wipes. 
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What happens during the screening mammogram?

The technologist will take approximately 4-6 images. Your breast will be compressed from top to bottom, and the machine will rotate and your breast will be compressed at about a 45 degree angle. The technologist can show you your mammogram, but cannot give you results. 
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Does getting a screening mammogram hurt?

Some discomfort should be expected, but the mammogram should not be painful. Communication with your technologist is key; if anything needs adjusted or starts to hurt, let her know. 
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How long until I get my results?

If everything is normal, your results will be mailed to you within 30 days. If the radiologist sees an area that requires more imaging, you will be contacted to schedule a follow up appointment (usually within 7 days of your screening mammogram). Dan't panic! There are many things that can look suspicious on a screening mammogram that are NOT cancer.
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Mammogram at Cassia Regional
Hospital

Cassia Regional Hospital Mammography

Open today: 7am-5pm
Enter through main entrance. Imaging is through door #2, in the southeast corner of the lobby.