Effective April 22, 2022 we have updated both hospitals’ Visitation Policy: RMC medical inpatients who are negative for COVID-19 will be allowed one visitor per day during their stay, including ONE overnight visitor. Read the full policy for details here.
Breast Health and Mammography
Accredited by the American College of Radiology & Mammography Quality Standards Act, RMC’s Breast Health/Mammography Services offer the most advanced diagnostic equipment, technology and skilled personnel available for women of all ages. Patients have access to state-of-the-art screening technology and equipment operated by specially-trained radiologists and technicians.
RMC’s Breast Health/Mammography Services provides the only comprehensive three-step mammography process, including specific breast tissue studies through a stereotactic breast biopsy, a highly accurate, non-surgical method of diagnosing breast abnormalities.
Patients are screened using the most sophisticated technology available in the industry and in the area. Our dedicated breast health/mammography services include:
- Dedicated ultrasound
- Dedicated mammography
- Reconstructive surgery
- Breast Care Educational programs on breast health and breast disease
To schedule an appointment call (256) 235-5141.
Guidelines for Breast Health examinations
In addition to an annual pelvic exam and Pap test, RMC GYN physicians recommend that you perform monthly breast self-exams or have a professional perform a breast exam to check for signs of breast cancer, cysts or other breast disorders. You should also follow guidelines for regularly scheduled mammograms to maintain breast health and screen for early signs of cancer.
Current Recommendations for Mammograms
- Women over 40 – Have a mammogram every 1-2 years.
- Women who have had breast cancer or a family history of breast cancer should have mammograms before age 40 or have them more often based on recommendations by their RMC physician.
Partnering with you for breast health
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. Stringfellow Memorial provides helpful services to educate women on breast health, and encourage self-exams and routine screenings. We utilize highly sophisticated imaging technology that can detect breast cancer at the earliest stages, when treatment can be most effective. The combination of highly trained, caring technologists and the latest imaging technology allows us to deliver the highest quality of care.
Breast Care Services
Mammography is an X-ray exam of the breasts used to screen for or diagnose breast cancer. Stringfellow Memorial offers state-of-the-art digital imaging technology for mammograms. With digital technology, radiologists can zoom in on particular areas or change brightness or contrast for even greater visibility, and results can be read immediately. It offers numerous benefits to women, including:
- Improved accuracy of screening exams, especially for women with dense breast tissue.
- Less radiation exposure.
- Superior image quality, reducing the need for repeat exams.
Along with mammography, breast MRI can be an effective diagnostic tool. Breast MRI is often used for women who are at greater risk of developing breast cancer or who have dense breast tissue or implants — cases in which mammography is less effective at detecting abnormalities. This technique offers a more comfortable experience for women, and is used to:
- Assess the extent of breast cancer.
- Determine the effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiation therapy during breast cancer treatment.
- Further evaluate abnormalities that were found during a mammogram or clinical exam.
- Provide additional detail for treatment planning.
A breast ultrasound is often used to further evaluate an abnormality found during a mammogram. Ultrasound allows doctors to see the area closest to the chest wall, which can be difficult to see using mammography. This technology also helps doctors determine whether a breast lump is filled with fluid (a cyst) or is a solid mass.
When a lump or abnormal area is detected during screening, a biopsy can determine whether cells are cancerous. Advanced imaging technology — such as MRI, mammography or ultrasound— can be combined with minimally invasive techniques to obtain tissue samples. Stringfellow Memorial offers digital stereotactic biopsies, and women can choose to be seated or lying down during the procedure for maximum comfort.