Mammography

McLeod Regional Medical Center Provides the Latest in Breast Health Technology
Breast Imaging, also called mammography, is an X-ray exam of the breasts. Its purpose is to look for early signs of breast cancer. According to the Center for Disease Control, a mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. Yearly screening mammograms are recommended for women beginning at age 40 by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Digital Mammography at McLeod Regional Medical Center
McLeod Breast Imaging at McLeod Regional Medical Center features three digital mammography units. A fourth digital mammography unit is located on the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit. The availability of these four digital units at McLeod Regional Medical Center makes digital mammography more accessible to residents of the community, and assists McLeod in the fight against breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related death for women in the United States.

While standard film mammography creates an image directly on film, digital mammography takes an electronic image and stores it directly in a computer. Digital mammography holds many benefits. The images are extremely clear and detailed with improved contrast, and significantly less time is required to process the images during a digital mammography exam, compared to traditional film imaging. In addition, digital mammography may detect some lesions which could be missed by a conventional film system.

R2 Image Checker
McLeod Breast Imaging on the Florence Campus features the R2 Image Checker. The R2 Image Checker is a computer-aided detection system used for the reading of mammograms. The system is designed to complement human observation. It also acts as a secondary reader, identifying regions of interest for the radiologist. The R2 Image Checker is 98 percent accurate in identifying calcifications (calcium deposits in the breast), and 86 percent accurate in identifying masses (lumps or lesions).

What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is an exam in which the breast(s) are imaged during compression in four views (two pictures of each breast). Patients with implants require extra views in order to image breast tissue around or behind the implant. You should not wear deodorant, powder, or lotion because it may show up on the images and give a false reading. Also, you should come dressed in a two-piece outfit (only the top is removed for the exam).

Common screening test performed in breast imaging include:

  • Screening mammograms (no order is required unless you are underage 40, or as required by your physician)
  • Diagnostic mammograms
  • Breast ultrasounds, including core biopsies and cyst aspirations
  • Ductography
  • Mammotomes (vacuum-assisted biopsies)
  • Wire localizations (wire placement before surgery)
  • Clip placement (for marking pre-and post-radiation treatment)
  • Sentinel Node Mapping (abnormal lymph nodes)

Register for McLeod Breast Imaging at McLeod Regional Medical Center
McLeod Breast Imaging and the McLeod Breast Health Center on the Florence campus are located on the first floor of the McLeod Pavilion. Registration for McLeod Breast Imaging is located within the department, allowing for complete patient confidentiality. To schedule an appointment, please call McLeod Reservations and Scheduling at (843) 777-2095.

If you have had prior mammograms at another facility, it is strongly recommended that you either bring the prior films to the appointment or have them mailed to McLeod Breast Imaging before the exam date for comparison purposes.