Digital mammography screenings in Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute Regional Hospital's Mammography Department is an American College of Radiology (ACR)-accredited facility. Technologists certified by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologist perform all of our digital mammograms using specialized X-ray equipment.
To schedule an appointment for digital mammography, please call (812) 237-1237. If you’ve already scheduled a test and have specific questions, please call us at (812) 237-1265.
According to Breastcancer.org, breast cancer affects 13 percent of women in their lifetime. Regardless of family history, the two most common risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older.
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 detection. A better picture of the breast tissue increases the chance that cancer will be caught in its early stages, so we can give you 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, such as:
- Breast self-examination every month beginning at 18 years old
- Clinical breast exams by a healthcare professional every three years between 18 and 39 years old and every year after you turn 40 years old
- Screening mammograms annually after you turn 40 years old
Preparing 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.
- Do not 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.
What to expect at your mammogram
The mammographer will place one of your breasts on a small platform, which is attached to an X-ray machine. Your breasts will be compressed, which spreads the breast tissue, to visualize it more clearly. The actual time of compression is minimal and may be uncomfortable. After the images are taken, the mammographer will review the examination, then give it to the radiologist for evaluation.
Image-guided techniques for biopsies and surgeries
The advanced imaging technology at Terre Haute Regional Hospital allows physicians to accurately diagnose and treat breast cancer. Our innovative procedures include digital and image-guided techniques, which result in surgeries and biopsies that are less invasive. It also allows surgeons and radiologists to target problem areas such as lesions, cancer cells and tumors.
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 provide comprehensive treatment to patients.