From traditional x-rays to state-of-the-art procedures, diagnostic imaging technologies create images used in diagnosing a multitude of patient injuries, diseases and disorders.
Many imaging tests are easy and painless. Some require you to stay still for a long time inside a machine. Certain tests involve radiation, but these are considered safe because the dosage is very low.
The technology your physician uses will depend on your symptoms and the part of your body being examined. These can include:
One in eight women will develop breast cancer.
Mammograms are the best tool to help beat the odds – because early detection and treatment are critical. That’s why we’ve upgraded to the advanced technology of digital mammography. This state-of-the-art equipment produces a clearer image for the radiologists to evaluate. Because it’s faster, it’s also more comfortable.
Preparing for your mammogram
- Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders and lotions under your arms or on your breasts.
- Most women say mammogram pain is mild. If you find it’s uncomfortable, taking an over-the-counter pain medication, such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen about an hour before your mammogram may ease the discomfort.
Scheduling your mammogram
We’ve made it easier to fit this important test into your busy schedule. Early morning appointments are available weekdays starting at 6:30 am and evening appointments until 8:00 pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
If you want to schedule the mammogram when your breasts are least likely to be tender, that’s usually during the week after your menstrual period.
For information about scheduling your mammogram, visit with your health care provider. Call Outpatient Scheduling at (320) 484-4650 to schedule your mammogram.