Mammography is an x-ray exam of the breasts to detect lumps when they’re too small to be detected by physical examination. These small lumps can indicate early stage breast cancer. Because size of the cancer at diagnosis is one of the most important predictors of outcome, mammography can lead to finding and treating breast cancer in its earliest and most curable stage.
Technology and imaging quality
All breast imaging equipment at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is digital (computer-based). This technology is when the x-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electrical signals allowing the radiologist to capture and manipulate the images so abnormalities can be seen. The electrical signals are used to produce images of the breast that are viewed on a computer screen or printed on special film. Benefits of digital mammography include:
- High resolution images that are exceptionally clear.
- May lower radiation dose, especially in patients with dense breast tissue.
- Images are captured and displayed within seconds, shortening your appointment time.
- Contribute to earlier detection, more accurate diagnosis and better overall patient care.
A mammogram is recommended for:
- Most women should get a yearly mammogram starting at age 40.
- Women who are at increased risk of breast cancer (family or medical history), may need to start earlier. Check with your primary care physician as early as your 20s.
- Women with dense breasts.
- Women who have not yet gone through menopause, or who have been in menopause less than one year.
Scheduling Your Mammogram
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call 314-996-8080 or toll-free 844-542-9378.
Our Breast Imaging Doctors
Every mammogram is read by Washington University radiologists that specialize in comprehensive breast imaging. This level of expertise can make a difference. Meet our doctors that specialize in breast imaging:
Tabassum Ahmad, MD
Debbie Bennett, MD
Jennie Brodsky, MD
Arianna Buckley, MD
Heather Garrett, MD
Jaimee Mannix, MD
Kimberly Wiele, MD
Location at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
969 N. Mason Road, Suite 110
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
We are conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 on Olive Blvd., at Olive and Mason in Creve Coeur, Missouri - a west county suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Get directions and maps.