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Breast development occurs in distinct stages throughout a woman’s life, beginning before birth and continuing through puberty and the childbearing years. Changes also occur to the breasts again during menstruation and menopause, making the breasts one of the most commonly monitored and treated areas of the female body.

Mammography continues to be the best screening tool available for diagnosis of breast cancer. The American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging recommend yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health for early breast cancer detection in women without symptoms.

For women in Central Indiana, St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Diagnostic Breast Center, located on the fifth floor of the Sandra Eskenazi Outpatient Care Center, is an accredited full-service breast imaging center. Services include:

  • 3-D mammogram, also known as tomosynthesis
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Digital screening or diagnostic mammograms (screening mammography services are also available at Eskenazi Health West 38th Street)
  • MRI/MRI guided biopsy
  • Stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy

Patients are referred to the breast center by their primary care providers. A referral is not necessary to receive a screening mammogram. However, a referral will be required for the following symptoms:

  • Bloody or clear discharge
  • Focal (not general or cyclical) breast pain
  • Lump
  • Personal history of breast cancer
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  • What is 3D mammography?

    A 3D mammogram is similar to a traditional mammogram and requires the same positioning and compression of the breasts.  Instead of taking a single picture in each position, the x-ray machine sweeps in an arc over the breast and obtains multiple low-dose images. A computer then combines those images to produce a three-dimensional image of the breast tissue in one-millimeter slices. The radiologist scrolls through the images of the breast, similar to flipping through pages of a book, allowing better detail and more accuracy than the traditional 2D mammography.
     
  • What is the difference between a screening and a diagnostic mammogram?

    A screening mammogram is an examination performed for women who have no breast complaints.  This is a test recommended every year for women over 40 years old to detect breast cancer early, before it can be felt and when it is most treatable. A diagnostic mammogram is a study performed in women who have a breast complaint or as a follow-up to an abnormal screening.
     
  • What should I expect with 3D mammography?

    You will likely not notice a difference between a 3D mammogram and the traditional 2D mammogram.  The examination requires the same positioning and takes only a few seconds longer for each image. 
     
  • Is there more radiation used in 3D mammography?

    Very low X-ray energy is used and the radiation dose is about the same amount as a traditional mammogram.
     
  • Who can have a 3D mammogram?

    Most women can have a 3D mammogram.  Women with extremely large breasts or difficulty standing and holding their breath are not good candidates. 

For more information, please contact St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Diagnostic Breast Center at 317.880.7280.

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