Relaxed, Respectful, Reassuring
Caring for you is the core of what we do, and your welfare is our top priority. Our skilled, compassionate staff uses the most up-to-date equipment to make your mammogram as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
What Is Digital Mammography?
A digital mammogram is a low-radiation procedure, providing state-of-the-art diagnostic images. Because the technology is digital – like a digital camera – there’s no film to develop. Your images will be available for immediate review by our highly qualified radiologists.
Preparing for Your Digital Mammogram
A digital mammogram typically requires almost no preparation. Generally, you only need to make sure you’re not wearing deodorants, perfumes, powders or bath oils. But be sure to ask your doctor’s office about any special preparations that you may need.
A stereotactic biopsy requires extra preparation. If you’re undergoing this procedure, you should avoid aspirin and anticoagulants for seven days before the procedure. Don’t eat or drink anything for two hours before the procedure. Wear comfortable clothing and a bra.
If you have any questions, please check with your doctor’s office, or phone one of our imaging technologists at (541) 269-8090.
What to Expect
When you arrive for testing at Bay Area Hospital, you’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown, and a radiology technologist will ask about your health history. Feel free to ask questions of your own. Our unhurried schedule provides ample time for each patient to have a relaxed, respectful experience.
Your exam generally involves making two images of each breast. A soft, warm cushion known as a MammoPad provides a gentler, more pleasant experience and helps obtain an image showing more of the breast.
After your exam, you’ll get dressed and meet with the radiologist, who interprets or “reads” the images. Depending on what the radiologist sees, you may be scheduled for additional tests.
Technology and Professionalism
Our facility is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our staff is credentialed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, with advanced certification in mammography. In addition to standard mammography, we offer advanced diagnostic imaging, such as ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy, and ductogram.