Just as going for a regular dental check-up is a priority, getting your yearly mammogram is vitally important to your health and well-being.
Early detection of breast cancer is key to saving lives, and mammograms are a simple way to find a problem and start treatment before it becomes life-threatening. Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals are designated as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, the gold standard in medical imaging.
All of our locations offer flexible hours, including same- and next-day appointments. To schedule an appointment at any of the network's locations, please call 630-856-7070.
Before Your Mammogram
- Try to schedule the test for one week after your period, when your breasts are less tender.
- Make sure the mammography department gets your previous mammograms if they were done somewhere else. This lets the radiologist compare the old images with the new images.
- On the morning of your test, shower or wash your breasts and underarms, but don’t use deodorant, powder or perfume. There are materials in these products that can mimic calcifications or other breast pathology on the mammogram film.
- Wear a top that you can remove easily.
During Your Mammogram
- You will be asked to undress from the waist up and put on a gown.
- The technologist will position your breast to get the best test results.
- ach of your breasts will be compressed. This helps get the most complete image.
- Let the technologist know if you're pregnant or think you may be, have breast implants, have scars or moles on or near your breast, have had a breast biopsy or surgery, or if you're breastfeeding.
After Your Mammogram
- More images are sometimes needed. You’ll be contacted to schedule them.
- You should be notified of your test results in writing. Feel free to contact your physician to discuss the results.
- Have mammograms as often as your healthcare provider recommends. Also be sure to do regular monthly breast self-exams.