Get your mammogram – it's a few minutes, for a lifetime
As part of our commitment to you, we offer digital mammography with 2D and 3D mammography imaging options. It’s another important step in providing the most advanced care to you.
To schedule your mammogram, call Bryan Scheduling Center at 402-481-5121, Crete Area Medical Center at 402-826-7980 or Merrick Medical Center at 308-946-5985.
How Mammography Works
Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor.
Our certified technologist positions you to get pictures of the breast from various angles and compresses the breast to obtain the best image quality. At Bryan, all mammograms are done by female staff in private, comfortable surroundings. Digital mammography offers many benefits:
- Faster exam time
The exam takes about 15-20 minutes; conventional mammography can take twice as long. Digital mammography also reduces the need to retake the images because of over or under exposure.
- Better images
The brightness, contrast and magnification of each exam can be changed to enhance detail and the diagnostic information obtained. Digital mammography produces higher contrast images, which is especially important for women with dense breast tissue.
- Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD)
CAD "reads" the mammogram in addition to a radiologist. Using the computer in addition to a physician improves detection of breast abnormalities, particularly microcalcifications.
Who Should Have a Mammogram
Mammography screening guidelines vary based on a woman's age and risk factors for breast cancer. Talk to your health care provider about the screening plan that is best for you.
If you are experiencing symptoms of breast cancer such as suspicious tissue, a breast lump, nipple discharge or dimpling of the skin on one area of the breast, talk to your health care provider about a mammogram.
Mammography is the best screening tool for breast cancer available today. Research shows mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancers. Early detection is the key to treating cancer when it is most curable.
How to Prepare for Your Mammogram
Taking these steps can help make your mammogram more comfortable and effective:
- Schedule your mammogram at a time of month when your breasts are not tender
- Dress in a comfortable two-piece outfit; you will be asked to undress from the waist up and to remove any jewelry that might get in the way
- Do not wear deodorant as this can interfere with the mammogram results; we provide deodorant packets for you after your exam
- Do not use talcum powder, ointment or cream on your breasts or underarms as this can interfere with the mammogram results
- Lower caffeine intake a few days before your mammogram
- Follow any other directions provided by your doctor or the Bryan Scheduling Center
Please arrive 15 minutes before your exam time. Remember to bring a photo ID, your insurance card and any additional forms provided by your doctor.
After Your Mammogram
Our board certified radiologist reads your mammogram. The results are sent to your doctor within 24 hours. You can view your results online through MyChart. If you don't have MyChart, learn more and sign up online today.
The Bryan Imaging & Diagnostic Center at our Pine Lake Campus (40th & Pine Lake Road) is often the most cost-effective option for this testing due to our new pricing structure. To learn more about testing at this location and get a price estimate, call the Bryan Price Line at 402-481-4900.