Women's Health

Location Information

Locations

Mammography Services

139 Garau Street
Bluffton, OH 45817
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ottawa Medical & Diagnostic Center

1740 North Perry Street
Ottawa, OH 45875
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Woman Wise Mammography

15900 Medical Drive South
Findlay, 45840
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7a.m. - 5p.m., Tuesday evening appointments

What to Expect

Mammogram Preparation

A screening mammogram involves a basic, low dose X-ray of both breasts. The exam usually takes less than 30 minutes. Be sure your underarms and chest are clean. Don't use deodorants, powders, creams, lotions, ointments or perfumes on the chest or underarm area the day of your appointment as these products may contain substances that can make it difficult to interpret the test results correctly. Dress comfortably, preferably in a two-piece outfit, since you will only undress above the waist for the exam.

Procedure Information for your Mammogram Screening

You will be asked to remove your shirt, bra and jewelry. A certified female technologist will position your breast on the X-ray platform and compress slowly. Compression is used to gently spread out the breast tissue and allow the X-ray to show better detail deep within your breast. The compression will only last a few seconds and may be uncomfortable for some patients. Scheduling the exam after your period (when breasts are less tender) can help. Two to three different views of each breast will be taken to examine the whole breast.

After the Procedure

X-rays will be interpreted by a radiologist who is certified by the American College of Radiology to read mammograms. The radiologist will compare the films of your breast to each other and to previous mammograms. A computer-aided detection (CAD) system is used by the radiologist and a "second look" system adds an extra level of protection that assists the radiologist in detecting breast cancer if it is present.

The results are sent to your health care provider and you will receive a letter explaining your results and whether you'll need additional tests.