Mammography

A Better Mammography Experience

Women’s Wellness is important, and at Heartland Imaging our caring staff uses the latest technology like 3D mammography and ultrasound to provide you with the diagnosis and treatment you need. Our comfortable and welcoming environment will help you stay on top of your health and give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing and being prepared.  We have three convenient locations that make it easy for you to maximize your personal health by providing same-day appointments and extended weekend options.

 

What is a Mammography exam?

Mammography is specialized medical imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts. It aids in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

Heartland Imaging offers screening and diagnostic mammograms using state-of-the-art digital mammography technology. This all-digital approach enables our radiologists with specialized expertise in breast imaging to more clearly see abnormalities in the breast than with conventional film-based mammography. Using digital technology, our physicians are able to obtain images of the breast that are of higher contrast and show finer detail to allow for more thorough evaluations.

During a D mammogram multiple breast images are taken from different angles producing a series of one-millimeter thick slices that create a 3-D image of the breast. This provides greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail, increasing the likelihood of spotting abnormalities and a greater confidence to rule out benign tumors as cancerous.

In addition, 3D mammography finds cancers earlier than 2D mammography alone, with a 27% increase in cancer detection and a 40% increase in invasive cancer detection. The very low X-ray energy used for 3D mammography is below the FDA guidelines.

 

FAQs – What you should know…

Do I need a Mammogram?

The decision to have a mammogram is a personal one and is dependent upon age, family history, the density of breast tissue, and discussion with your physician. Ultimately – it’s your decision – you do not need a recommendation from a physician for a screening mammogram. In terms of age, research clearly shows that annual mammography starting at age 40 is strongly correlated with significant improvement in survival rates of breast cancer.

How much does a Mammogram cost?

Heartland Imaging understands that the cost of an imaging exam can be a concern. Our rates for both insured and uninsured patients are substantially lower than the same exam performed at a hospital. We believe that price transparency is important so you can be prepared for your financial obligations, if any. Most insurers cover standard screening mammograms at no additional cost to the patient.  If you elect to have a 3D mammogram rather than a standard digital exam, there may be an additional charge depending upon your insurance.

When will my results be available?

The radiologist will review the Mammogram and provide a diagnostic report that will be sent directly to your provider. The report is typically available to your provider within 24 hours. Many providers plan scheduled time to discuss results with their patients so you could check with their office to see when they will be available to review the information with you.