Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve prepared this short Q & A to address concerns you may have. Please be sure to call our office at 970- 298-2249 if you have any additional questions or comments. 

When should I start getting regular mammograms?
Most organizations recommend yearly screening mammograms for all average risk woman beginning at age 40.

If no one in my family has breast cancer, why do I need to get mammograms?
Up to 85 percent of breast cancers are random and occur in women with no family history or specific risk factors for breast cancer.

What do I need to know/do to schedule a mammogram? 
Call 970-298-6900 to schedule your mammogram. Most insurance is accepted. Bring your insurance card, a photo ID, and your family health history with you to your appointment. If this is not your first mammogram, talk to the scheduler about transferring previous mammogram images to us. Having your earlier images will help the radiologist reading your mammogram to quickly and accurately assess your breast health.

How long should I expect to stay for my mammogram?
The actual mammogram takes approximately 10 minutes. We understand carving out time for a mammogram is not easy, so our goal for each appointment is to get you in and out in 30 minutes. 

Why does a mammogram hurt?
In order to get the best pictures and to minimize the amount of radiation delivered to your breasts, the breast tissue must be compressed as much as possible. You can minimize your discomfort by scheduling your mammogram between days 5-15 of your menstrual cycle or taking a mild pain killer (like Tylenol or Motrin) prior to your exam.

How much radiation do my breasts receive with a mammogram?
The amount of radiation is extremely minimal and is comparable to the amount of radiation your entire body receives from the sun during a 1,000 mile plane trip.

The radiology technologist told me everything was OK, why am I being called back for additional views?
The radiologic technologist was letting you know that the quality of the images taken at this visit were good.   After examining the scan, your radiologist determined it was necessary to take additional views. It is important you follow up with this appointment so we have the most accurate information possible.

What is the difference between a screening (routine) mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram
A yearly mammogram includes 2 views of each breast. The radiologist reviews and compares these images with your previous mammogram(s) to determine if you require any additional imaging. Diagnostic mammography takes longer than screening mammography because more x-rays are needed to obtain views of the breast from multiple angles. Patients requiring additional imaging will generally be informed of the results that day. 

Does the same radiologist read my films each time I come in?
We are fortunate to have many qualified and certified mammographic radiologists on staff. These radiologists rotate through the Breast Care Center and share information, enabling them to accommodate and care for multiple patients.