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Getting Your Mammogram

Every year more than 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer. But when detected early, the rate of survival is high. That’s why mammograms continue to be the best tool for screening for breast cancer. Make sure you know when to have one, how often and what to expect when having one.

To schedule your mammogram today, call:

  • Milwaukee County: 414-527-5000
  • Waukesha County: 414-527-5000
  • Racine County: 262-687-2600

Mammogram Screening Guideline & Timeline

Although you should consider starting mammogram screenings at age 40, sometimes earlier, it’s recommended that you speak with your doctor about when mammograms are right for you. It’s also recommended that you routinely perform self-breast exams to know how your breasts normally feel and report any changes to your doctor.

Same-Day Mammogram Results

Same-day screening mammogram results are currently available at select Wheaton facilities. After your mammogram has been read, you’ll receive a phone call with your results prior to 5 pm that day.

If you’re interested in same-day results for a mammogram screening, please call Centralized Scheduling at 414-527-5000 and let them know that you’d like same-day results. Our team will make sure that your mammogram is scheduled at a facility that offers this service and is convenient for you.

Your Mammogram Experience

How to Prepare for Your Mammogram

Preparing for your mammogram is simple! There are no special procedures or diets. Here are suggestions that may make the process more efficient and comfortable for you:

  • If you are pre-menopausal, scheduling your mammography directly AFTER your period may eliminate unnecessary discomfort. 
  • On the day of the examination, please do not use any deodorant, perfume, powder, ointment or lotion of any sort in the underarm or breast area. Residue on the skin can interfere with mammogram imaging.
  • You may find it more convenient to wear a blouse with a skirt or pants rather than a dress.
  • If your last mammogram was done at another facility, it’s important for the radiologist to have those comparison examinations. Please contact the previous facility and arrange to have previous screening images and results sent to us. Or let us know and we can assist you!

What to Expect During Your Mammogram

Our highly skilled mammography technologists are specially trained in the latest techniques and are sensitive to your comfort throughout your mammography experience.

While you stand, the technologist helps you place your breast on a small, adjustable platform. Then, a gentle but firm compression is applied to the breast to spread out the breast tissue and ensure a clear picture using minimal radiation. Typically, two images are taken of each breast – one from the top and one from the side.

Learning Your Examination Results

After the technologist completes your mammogram, our radiologist will review the images. Your results will be sent to your primary care physician, and you’ll also receive a letter in the mail with your results.

  • If your mammogram results show something abnormal, remember that 90 percent of lumps or other abnormal findings are benign (not cancer).
  • If the radiologist believes more diagnostic testing would be beneficial, rest assured that you'll benefit from the most advanced breast health diagnostics and care coordination available at Wheaton.

Same-Day Mammogram Results

Schedule Your Mammogram

NOW AVAILABLE AT SELECT WHEATON LOCATIONS

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Schedule a Mammogram

All Saints: 262-687-2600
Elmbrook Memorial: 414-527-5000
Franklin: 414-527-5000
St. Francis: 414-527-5000
St. Joseph: 414-527-5000
Wauwatosa Outpatient Center: 414-527-5000

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