• Mammography Summit Health Imaging Services

Summit Health uses advanced digital technology for mammograms, which provides a detailed, x-ray picture of the breast. This image allows your doctor to see any changes in your breast tissue that could not be felt during a clinical breast exam. For your comfort during the mammogram, we use the MammoPad® breast cushion.

Why the Test is Performed

Mammography is performed to screen women to detect early breast cancer when it is more likely to be cured. Mammograms are also used for detecting and evaluating breast abnormalities and disease symptoms.

American Cancer Society Guidelines to Screening Mammography:

Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

Women should have a diagnostic mammogram when any of the following signs or symptoms of breast cancer are felt or seen:

  • Lump or mass
  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
  • New onset of breast pain

General recommendations for early breast cancer detection in women:

Starting in their 20s and 30s, women should do breast self exams and have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional preferably every 3 years. Starting at age 40, women should add a CBE by a health professional every year.

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Hear from Our Patients

At Summit Health, we believe that one of the best ways to give great care is by hearing from our patients. Read and enjoy some of our grateful patient stories!

"Mammograms save lives, please don’t wait."

"I’m here today because of a mammogram. Don’t wait!"

"Mammograms save lives. Had I not gotten my mammogram, I might not be here today."

"I can’t stress the importance of getting your mammogram. Seriously, don’t even think about it, just get it done."

"It has almost been 10 years since my diagnosis – and I’m still getting my mammogram every year."

"If I hadn’t been in the habit of getting yearly mammograms, who knows what would have happened to me."