Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in their lifetime.
Regardless of family history, the two most common risk factors for breast cancer are: 1. Being a woman and 2. Getting older.
Terre Haute Regional Hospital's Mammography Department is an American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited, FDA approved facility. All mammograms are performed by technologists certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. Mammographers are registered technologists who produce diagnostic images of the breast tissue by using specialized X-ray equipment.
Digital Mammography Aids in Early Detection
Digital imaging technology, including specially designed imaging equipment for patients with dense breast tissue, offers physicians a clearer picture. Digital mammography shows us more detail, which allows for better early detection. A better picture of the breast tissue increases the chance that cancer will be caught in its early stages. Early detection allows your physician to provide proper treatment. When performing any type of breast procedure, our technologists respect your privacy while being thorough at the same time.
Steps to Early Detection
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Steps can be taken to detect breast cancer early. These include:
- Breast self-examination every month beginning at age 18
- Clinical breast exams by a health care professional every three years between ages 18-39, and every year from age 40
- Screening mammograms annually from age 40
Preparation for Your Examination
- Schedule your mammogram following your menstrual cycle, when breasts are less tender.
- Wear a two-piece outfit on the day of your appointment.
- Don't apply deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under arms or near the breasts the day of your exam.
- Please bring or have your previous mammogram or breast ultrasound mailed to us, if not done at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
- Please inform your physician and your mammographer if there is a chance of pregnancy.
Mammography Examination Description
The mammographer will place one of your breasts on a small platform, which is attached to the X-ray machine. Your breasts will be compressed, which spreads the breast tissue, to visualize it clearer. The actual time of compression is very minimal and may be uncomfortable. After the images are taken, the mammographer will review the examination and then give it to the radiologist for report.
If you have any questions, please contact the Women's Center at (812) 237-9464.
We are proud to be providers in the Wabash Valley of the iCAD software with our digital mammograms. Our iCAD system is like having a second opinion. The radiologist uses this system when reviewing mammograms. It highlights densities in the breast that might be questionable areas. This is just one of the radiology technologies that Terre Haute Regional Hospital is utilizing to help provide safe and quality care to our patients.
At the Core of Our Team Approach Philosophy, is a Breast Health Navigator
Our breast health navigator integrates the services of our breast program. She has an understanding of all disciplines involved in breast care. She'll help guide patients through diagnosis and treatments, making sure patients know their options and receive the care, education and support they need. This approach provides a continuity of care as physicians and clinical staff shares in the treatment of patients.
Image-Guided Techniques for Biopsies and Surgeries
The advanced imaging technology at Terre Haute Regional Hospital allows physicians to be accurate and thorough in their diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Our innovative procedures include digital and image-guided techniques such as needle localization, core breast biopsies and stereotactic biopsies which result in surgeries and biopsies that are less invasive and allow surgeons and radiologists to target lesions, cancer cells and tumors more precisely and accurately than ever before.