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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I have a mammogram?

It is recommended you have a mammogram once a year beginning at age 40. Patients at high risk for breast cancer should consult with their health care provider as they may be screened at a younger age and/or more frequently.

Do I have to have a referral to the Breast Center?

No. Not for a screening exam. You can call for an appointment but you must have a physician to whom we can send the results.

A diagnostic (problem-focused) exam requires an order from your health care provider. To schedule a mammogram, call (937) 208-2080.

If I need a biopsy, can I have that done at the Breast Center?

Yes. We provide mammograms, ultrasounds and image-guided biopsies at our Breast Centers.

Do the technologists at the MVH Breast Centers have experience?

All our technologists are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and pass the ARRT advanced placement registry in mammography. They must perform a minimum of 200 mammogram exams every two years and obtain 15 hours of continuing education in mammography every three years.

If I come in for a diagnostic mammogram, when will I learn the results?

At the Miami Valley Hospital Breast Center, you will know the results before you leave the Center.

Can I get an ultrasound of the breast instead of a mammogram?

Ultrasound is a supplement, not a replacement, to mammography. Many cancers are seen only on mammography.

Why do I want a digital mammogram?

Digital mammography uses computers and specially-designed digital detectors to produce an image. These images are then displayed on high-resolution computer monitors. The radiologist can adjust the brightness, the contrast and zoom-in for close up looks at specific areas of interest in the breast. The ability to manipulate these images is one of the main benefits of the new digital technology as compared to the older film based systems.

A digital exam is similar to the conventional film-based systems. Both systems use compression to even out the breast tissue and use x-ray to create the images of the inside of the breast. With digital imaging however, there is no wait while a technologist develops films, so typically there is a shorter amount of time needed for the exam. These digital images can easily be stored and copied without any loss of quality and transmitted electronically. This eliminates the concern for losing films in the mail.