A mammogram is a low dose type of X-ray used to detect abnormalities in breast tissue. In the fight against breast cancer, it has been an incredible tool for early detection and diagnosis.
Professional Radiology employs a passionate, experienced staff with a wealth of knowledge on breast cancer and breast health. Headed by radiologist and imaging expert Dr. Jorge L. Sarmiento, our center is the top-rated imaging center in El Paso. Through expert care and a truly compassionate approach to imaging, we aim to make the city healthier, happier, and more knowledgeable one patient at a time.
Whether you need a regular check-up or fear you may have breast cancer, our staff will ensure you receive the accurate imaging and understanding care you need.
Important Mammogram Info
Every year, hundreds of thousands of new breast cancer cases will be found, with more potentially being left undiagnosed. For this reason, it’s important for women over the age of 40 to partake in regular mammogram screenings.
For women of average risk, The American Cancer Society suggests receiving annual mammograms starting at age 45 but they could start as early as 40 years of age. Women with a family history of breast cancer, a genetic mutation associated with breast cancer, or other risk factors may want to start screening earlier. Catching cancer in the early stages improves the likelihood of successful treatment.
In certain cases, it may not be advisable to have a mammogram. Mammograms use low doses of X-ray radiation, which is typically safe but not advisable in some situations. Pregnant women or women who believe they may be pregnant should notify their doctor, as the radiation from the exam could harm the fetus.
Preparing For Your Mammogram
Before arriving for your mammogram, do not apply any lotion, body powder, or cream to the chest. They can interfere with the accuracy of the test. You may stay on your normal diet and medications.
It is incredibly important that you notify your doctor and our staff if you are pregnant or believe you may be pregnant.
When it is time to conduct your exam, you will be given a hospital gown to wear. You will need to remove all jewelry or any other items that may interfere with the test. When you schedule your appointment, you will receive individual instructions regarding how best to prepare.
We’ve compiled answers to some of the most common questions we receive regarding mammograms. If you don’t see an answer to your question here, then don’t hesitate to give us a call! We’re here to answer anything you may have in mind.
Are mammograms dangerous
Mammograms use very low doses of radiation, so they are not believed to be dangerous to most people.
Should I get a mammogram with breast implants?
Yes, it is important to have regular mammograms even with breast implants.
How do I know if I’m at risk of breast cancer?
Your doctor can estimate your risk based on several factors, including family history, diet, and more.
What happens if cancer is found?
Your doctor will likely suggest a biopsy, which would help to confirm if the cancer is malignant or benign. From there, they will suggest a treatment plan.
Why Choose Professional Radiology?
As one of El Paso’s only radiologist-owned imaging centers, our focus is not on the bottom line, but on the health and wellness of our patients. Diagnosing breast cancer and other abnormalities can be very difficult and it requires a keen eye and delicate hand. Our technicians are trained to have a compassionate, discerning eye every time they conduct mammograms or any other exam. When you schedule your mammogram, you can be certain that you will receive the best care in the city. Give us a call today to set up your appointment with us!