Diagnostic Services

Mammography

When it comes to digital mammography, not all systems are the same. Other facilities in the Quad Cities region may offer digital mammography, but St. Joseph Regional Medical Center provides the only GE Senographe Essential (SE) in the region. This means your average dose will be up to 60% lower and that's 30-60% lower than all the other systems, while still providing higher detector efficiency. And we're accredited by the American College of Radiology.

The SE accommodates all body types and provides
the largest field of view available today while giving you:

  • Fewer exposures and optimized image quality.
  • Quick set-up time and instantaneous image review.
  • Greater ease for both patient and technologist.
  • Increased first-time accuracy.
  • We offer mobile screening mammograms to outreach areas.

Mammograms can be performed for screening or diagnostic purposes. Screening mammograms are usually performed annually beginning at the age of 40. However, if you have a close family history of breast cancer, these screenings may need to start sooner. Diagnostic mammograms are performed when there are risk factors noticed in the breast such as pain, a palpable lump or discharge. Diagnostic mammograms may require additional views for locating any suspicious tissue. The radiologist or your physician may request a breast ultrasound to diagnose any tissue changes or to determine if they are fluid-filled or cancerous.

While mammograms and CAD systems are the best breast cancer screening tools, they do not detect all breast cancers. Research is being done on a variety of breast imaging techniques that will contribute to early detection and to improve the accuracy in distinguishing noncancerous conditions from breast cancers.

Mammography FAQs

How should I prepare for the exam?

  • Do not schedule your mammogram for the week before your period if your breasts become tender.
  • Do not wear any deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam, as this can show as calcium spots.
  • Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.
  • If possible, make your past mammograms available to the technologist or radiologist at the time of your exam.

When should my results be available?

  • Films are ready the same day for most screening mammograms; however, reports may not be finalized for 14 days, especially for diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds.
  • Delays occur when films must be obtained from remote locations. It may take up to 30 days.

*Results verified by nonGE independent studies.

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Diagnostic Services

415 Sixth St.

Lewiston, ID 83501

Phone: 208-743-2511

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