Mammography

Regular mammography screenings and exams help you detect early signs of breast cancer. Traditional mammography uses X-rays to look for breast cancer in women without symptoms.

Our experienced technicians get a clear view of your breast tissue to detect anything that appears abnormal. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable during your visit, answer every question, and do all we can so you can enjoy your best health. Contact us to schedule a screening.

Frequently asked questions about mammography.

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast that can detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. High-quality mammography is the most effective tool available to detect breast cancer early, before symptoms appear — often before a breast lump can even be felt.

Who should get a mammogram?

Starting at age 40 women have the choice to start screening for breast cancer with mammograms, if they wish to do so. If your family has a history of breast cancer or abnormal screenings, you should speak with your OB/GYN provider to see if you should start screenings at a younger age. From ages 45 and up we recommend that women receive an annual mammogram.

What happens after a mammogram?

The radiologist will report your mammogram findings directly to you, or to your doctor who will contact you with the results. If you need further tests or exams, your doctor will notify you. 

Important message about the COVID vaccine and your mammogram:

Do you have a mammogram coming up? Please note that swollen glands in the armpit or collarbone area are a common side effect of the Moderna COVID vaccine, and also infrequently seen with the Pfizer vaccine. (Vaccines of all types can result in temporary swelling of the lymph nodes, which may be a sign that your body is making antibodies in response as intended!) Because these swollen glands can be confused with signs of breast cancer, if you plan to have a screening mammogram this year, your appointment should be scheduled either before your first dose of the vaccine or four to six weeks after the second dose.

Diagnostic mammograms (for a breast abnormality) should not be delayed. Make sure to inform your doctor of the date you received the vaccine, and in which arm. If you have any questions about your mammogram and the COVID vaccine, please don't hesitate to reach out to your Women's Health Connecticut provider.

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