Early detection is the key. Because our primary goal has always been to deliver the best quality care to our patients, we added breast tomosynthesis (known as 3D Mammography), to our breast health services. Mammography remains the single most effective method of screening for breast cancer. It can detect cancer several years before physical symptoms appear.
3D and Digital Mammography Services
Capital Region Medical Center was the first facility in Jefferson City to introduce digital mammography several years ago. Now we are the FIRST to launch the latest in breast screening through the addition of 3D breast tomosynthesis with the Hologic, Selenia Dimensions digital mammography system. Breast tomosynthesis uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or "slices" - building a "3 dimensional mammogram". 3D mammography is a revolutionary technology that allows radiologists to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. Instead of viewing the breast tissue in a flat image, the radiologist can examine the tissue a millimeter at a time.
3D breast imaging is very similar to a traditional mammogram. Just as with a digital mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast under a flexible compression paddle and take images from different angles. This flexible compression paddle aides in your comfort during a mammogram by conforming to a woman's breast. You will be asked to hold your breath while the mammogram machine moves in for a quick arc from left to right. Then you will be able to breathe while the machine moves back to the center. Once the machine has stopped moving you will be asked to hold your breath again for the final image. Compression is immediately released after the image is captured. All the images are viewed by the technologist at their computer workstation to ensure they have acquired adequate images for review by a radiologist. The procedure time from start to finish should be approximately the same as that of a digital mammogram.
Our facility provides every woman with the MammoPad® breast cushion - a soft, foam pad that creates a cushion between you and the mammography machine. So you can relax, knowing your mammogram will be warm and comfortable. And when it comes to encouraging your friends to take care of themselves, you might have to take matters into your own hands. Spread the word about our new Softer Mammogram - one friend at a time. It's one way you can share in our urgent mission of saving lives.
Self-Referral Mammograms are available at CRMC for women age 40 years or older, without any breast problems/symptoms, and who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months. If your physician has agreed to participate in the self-referral program, you may request your mammogram report to be sent to your physician. If your physician is NOT a participant, you may get a written order from your doctor for a mammogram. If you do NOT have a physician or do NOT have a self-referral participating physician and still wish to have a yearly screening mammogram, your report will be sent to a CRMC general surgeon.
CRMC is accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration). CRMC has three full-time Mammographers and two part-time mammographers on staff.
Mammography Services Available
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For more information or to make an appointment for a mammogram, please call 573-632-5152, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
American Cancer Society Recommendations
Age 40 (+): Mammogram Annually and Clinical Breast Exam by a health professional Age 20-39: Clinical Breast Exam by a health professional at least every 3 years Age 20 (+): Self Breast Exams Monthly
These ages are used as a guideline. Please notify your physician of any concerns or questions you may have. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, discuss mammography screening guidelines and scheduling with your health care provider.
You can get a breast care pamphlet and shower card from the Mammography department at Capital Region Medical Center. These are educational tools used to explain how to do a breast self-exam, explain risk factors and list warning signs. For more information about mammography services at CRMC, call (573) 632-5265.