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Although breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, excluding skin cancers, it is also one of the most treatable if detected early. One of the best weapons against breast cancer in the Morgantown area is the Women's Imaging Center. The center provides a comfortable and private atmosphere in which patients receive state-of-the-art digital diagnostic imaging and the most up-to-date breast health education available.
A mammogram, which uses X-ray technology to examine the breast, is one of the best methods for detecting abnormalities in the breast. The Center features three mammography suites.
All mammograms are performed by female technologists. Each technologist has received specialized training and makes the mammography procedure as comfortable as possible for the patient. Technologists explain the procedure in detail, answering any concerns or questions women may have.
Answers to common questions about mammograms
What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts. A mammogram has to be ordered by your doctor. This test is important because it may show your physician if there are any abnormalities in your breasts too small to detect by self-examination.
How does a Mammogram work?
These x-rays are very high-resolution and can reveal tumors too small to be felt and reveal other changes in the breasts that doctors believe may indicate cancer. In mammography, the breasts are compressed between two plates and some pressure is applied to get a clear picture. Usually, two X-rays are taken of each breast, one from the top and one from the side. The risk of radiation exposure is very small for this test.
How long will the test take?
The test will take about 30 minutes.
What happens after my exam?
Your test will be processed at the Women's Imaging Center and interpreted by radiologists on staff at Mon General Hospital. Your results will be forwarded to your own doctor. Your physicians will explain your results. In addition, you will receive a letter in the mail explaining the findings of your exam. If you have any questions about the findings, please call your doctor.
How can I prepare for a mammogram?
Take a shower or tub bath prior to the exam. Do not wear any powder or deodorant (spray, roll-on, or stick). Wear a two piece outfit, as you will be undressing from the waist up.