Mammography Tips from our Women’s Imaging Team

At Imaging Specialists’ Women’s Imaging, we provide a private suite of advanced imaging including 3D mammography. Every Tuesday, our team shares mammography tips on ourFacebook page. Here is a look at some of the tips you need to know before scheduling your next mammogram.

1. Deodorant – Skip the deodorant before your mammogram. It can actually show up and require extra films. Imaging Specialists provides deodorant for your use after the
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2. Check your Calendar – It needs to be one year plus one day between mammography appointments. This is for insurance and screening purposes.

3. Prior Records – It is helpful for our radiologists to have your prior mammogram films. If you have had a mammogram at a different location, simply fill out this form BEFORE your scheduled mammogram. We will facilitate getting your prior mammography films for you! https://www.imagingsc.com/records-release-authorization/

4. Implants – It is important to notify our team of implants when you schedule your appointment. Implants require more films, which call for a longer appointment time.

5. What to Wear – When coming in for a mammogram, make sure to wear bottoms. You need to wear clothing that is easy to remove from the waist up, as our capes are waist length.

6. Compression – Why the squeeze? Compression keeps the breast still, it makes the surface area smaller and spreads out the tissue which helps with cancer detection.

7. Nursing – If you are currently nursing or have nursed within 6 months, wait before scheduling your mammogram. Allow your breasts 6 months to return to normal before scheduling.

8. 2D vs. 3D – Unlike 2D mammography, 3D Breast Tomosynthesis takes X-ray pictures of each breast from many angles that are not available in traditional mammography.

Most important tip of all: Mammograms save lives. Your very best defense is early detection and diagnosis, made possible through an annual screening mammogram. Schedule yours today! https://www.imagingsc.com/online-appointments.

Breast Cancer Fact vs. Fiction

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month which is the perfect time for women to make breast health a priority. At Imaging Specialists, subspecialty trained radiologists perform mammograms, CT scans, MRIs and breast biopsies on lowcountry women on a daily basis. Women undergoing these tests usually have a lot of questions, and these physicians help to dispel breast cancer myths for concerned women. States Dr. Michael Garovich, “There is so much information out there from what test to undergo to breast cancer risk factors that it is easy to get confused. When women come to Imaging Specialists, we help them through the breast cancer screening process from beginning to end. Our goal is to relieve the patient’s anxiety while guiding them through the screening process.”
Below Imaging Specialist radiologists Michael Garovich, M.D., President and Jon Carmain, MD address breast cancer myths for lowcountry women. Interviews are available; please call Laurin Collar with HHK Healthcare Marketing.

Breast Cancer Fact vs. Fiction

Fiction: Implants increase a women’s breast cancer risk
States Dr. Carmain, “This is fiction. Surgical enhancement is not linked to breast cancer but women with breast implants may need a breast MRI or an ultrasound instead of a mammogram.”

Fact: Mammograms emit a very small amount of radiation
Imaging Specialists is the leader in digital mammography locally. States Dr. Garovich, “The amount of radiation emitted is minimal. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society it is about the same radiation that as a person would be exposed to flying from New York to California.”

Fiction: Deodorant increases breast cancer risk
This is a myth that many women have heard and pondered. So far there have been no studies published that link deodorant to breast cancer.

Fiction: Women must travel to different medical facilities to undergo varied phases of breast cancer screenings
Dr. Garovich states, “This is simply not true. Women should not have to jump in the car from one place to another. Breast cancer screening is stressful enough. They should demand a place that can perform diagnostic imaging from mammograms to breast biopsies under the same roof and expect same day results.”

Mammogram or Breast MRI

The differences and facts women need to know

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great reminder for women to make breast health a priority. In the past, mammograms have been the most widely used form of breast cancer detection, but now most physicians says Breast MRIs should be considered as a valuable addition to mammography. Dr. Jon Carmain of Imaging Specialists is a board certified diagnostic radiologist. He states, “Both Mammograms and Breast MRIs play an important role in breast cancer detection, but in some instances there is a clear difference between the two.”

Breast MRI vs. Mammogram

  • Both Breast MRI and mammogram are both non invasive diagnostic screening tests uses for early detection
  • Mammograms are less expensive and faster with more insurance coverage
  • MRIs are more sensitive for the detection of invasive cancers
  • Breast MRI should be the considered for women with personal history or family history of breast cancer
  • In many cases, breast MRIs are used to evaluate abnormalities detected on Mammogram and ultrasound
  • MRI’s can be used to examine the integrity of the breast implant

Imaging Specialists is a full service women’s imaging facility that provides mammograms, breast MRIs and breast biopsy on site with same day results.