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What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breast. It is used to find and diagnose breast disease in women. Your doctor may order a mammogram if you have a breast problem such as a lump, pain, or discharge from a nipple. Your doctor may also order one as a screening test. The test can look for breast cancers, noncancerous or benign tumors, and cysts before they can be felt.

Why might I need a mammogram?

You may need a mammogram as a screening test or to help your doctor make a diagnosis. If you are older than 25, you should have a mammogram if you have these symptoms:

•A lump
•Thickened skin on your breast
•Skin indentation on your breast
•A nipple with leaking fluid, or discharge
•A sore on a nipple that doesn’t get better
•Breast pain

When to get a mammogram

Different health experts have different recommendations for women who have no symptoms of breast cancer:
•The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening every 2 years for women ages 50 to 74.
•The American Cancer Society recommends screening be an option for women who are at average risk, starting at age 40. Mammograms should be done every year for all women ages 45 to 54. Then you can switch to mammograms every 2 years. Or you have the choice to continue annual mammograms.

What are the risks of a mammogram?

A mammogram is done with X-rays, which use a small amount of radiation. 

3D Mammography 

San Juan Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, the most advanced medical technology in the quest for earlier detection of breast cancer. Learn more.

Digital Mammography - SensorySuite

Not Your Garden Variety Mammogram

San Juan Regional Medical Center introduces a whole new way to have a digital mammogram. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging not only gives you the best digital images, it also gives you the ability to control your environment. Select from Seaside, Garden, or Waterfall to enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of a more pleasant mammogram experience.

Call  505.609.6228 today to schedule your appointment for a screening in our SensorySuite, where beauty and comfort meet better health.

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