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The best way to monitor your breast health
Your time is important – to you, your family and us. That’s why screening mammograms performed at Novant Health imaging and breast centers generally take less than 30 minutes – less time than a typical doctor’s office visit.
Screening mammograms are the best way to help find breast cancer in its earliest stages, when cure rates are highest. A screening mammogram is for women who do not have significant symptoms, such as a lump or black (or bloody) nipple discharge. If we find a problem during your screening or if you are experiencing unusual symptoms, we may recommend you receive a diagnostic mammogram or other breast imaging procedure to help identify the cause.
All Novant Health imaging and breast centers use digital mammography – the most advanced technology for the early detection of breast cancer. Digital mammography enables us to immediately view your mammography images on screen, reducing the need for re-exams and the amount of time you spend in the imaging suite. Digital mammography may be more accurate in screening women who are:
- Younger than age 50
- Of any age and have very dense breast tissue
- Of any age who are pre- or peri-menopausal.
Some Novant Health medical centers offer breast tomosynthesis, also called 3-D mammography, which produces a three-dimensional image of the breast. This new technology provides better visualization that improves cancer detection and decreases the chance of a false positive.
Here are a few things you can do to help prepare for your next mammogram:
- Let the scheduling specialist know if you have breast implants
- Have any films from previous mammograms sent to the breast center before your exam
- Arrive 15 to 20 minutes before your appointment
- Wear two-piece clothing so that you can easily remove your top and bra
- Bring your insurance information
- Do not wear powder or deodorant
- Please make childcare arrangements for small children or ensure that an adult can supervise them during your exam.