Mammography


With Tanner Clinic’s new state of the art 3D tomography machine, there’s no need to get your mammogram anywhere else. Walk-ins are accepted in the South Building on the Layton campus, so stop by today for your screening.

What is a mammogram?

Mammograms produce a black and white image of breast tissue. This image is read by a radiologist (a doctor trained to interpret images from x-rays, ultrasound, MRI and related tests). In the U.S., most mammograms are digital. A newer type of mammography is known as breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography. This procedure takes multiple images that are combined by a computer to produce a three-dimensional picture,
which allows doctors to see the breast more clearly.

What should I expect when having a mammogram?

  • You will have to undress above the waist to have a mammogram. The facility will give you a wrap to wear.
  • A technologist will position your breasts for the mammogram. You and the technologist are the only ones in the room for this procedure.
  • The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes. The breast compression lasts only a few seconds.
  • You may feel some discomfort when your breasts are compressed. For some women this may be painful.

What does a doctor look for in a mammogram?

Mammograms are interpreted by radiologists. The doctor reading your mammogram will look for small changes that could be a sign of cancer, such as calcifications or masses.

What if I get called back after a mammogram?

Getting called back after a screening mammogram is common and doesn’t mean you have cancer. In fact, less than 10 percent of women who are called back for more tests are found to have breast cancer. Often, it just means more pictures or an ultrasound needs to be done to look at a specific area more carefully.