Your chances of beating breast cancer increase when it’s detected early, and a mammogram is the single most effective method of early detection. Tulane Lakeside Hospital excels at diagnostic and interventional breast care. Breast imaging can help identify abnormal growths, breast cancer, cysts, lumps and mastitis.
The types of breast imaging technologies we provide to women in the New Orleans region include:
- Digital mammography
- 3D digital mammography
- Breast MRI
- Breast Ultrasound
- Stereotactic breast biopsy
3D and Digital Technology
Tulane Lakeside Hospital offers 3D mammograms, also called breast tomosynthesis. With 3D digital mammograms and conventional digital mammography, we are able to provide the highest image quality, which allows us to find tumors that are smaller than you can feel. You experience a shorter exam time with faster image results. We also offer MammoPad® for a more comfortable screening experience.
Prep for Your Appointment
Have you scheduled a mammogram? First, dress for comfort. Depending on the type of mammogram that’s best for you, you may only need to remove your top. If you are having a mammogram, don’t wear deodorant, perfume or powder. However, if you forget, many centers provide cleansing cloths for this purpose.
If you are pregnant, you should not undergo a mammogram because of possible danger to the fetus. If your gynecologist or obstetrician feels it is important to have a breast screening test during your pregnancy, a breast ultrasound will be ordered.
If you are breastfeeding, your tissues may appear more dense than usual, making it harder for the radiologist to interpret the results.
While it is safe to have a mammogram when you have a breast implant, be sure to tell the technologist before the procedure, since the machine may require special adjustment for the best possible images.
You should always receive the results of your mammogram. If there are any abnormalities, your doctor may refer you to a breast specialist or a surgeon for more tests or evaluations. If the results are normal, continue to follow your recommended schedule for the next mammogram.