Screening for breast cancer is one of the most important preventative actions you can take to ensure you’re healthy for life. At Central Maine Healthcare, we want to ensure that you get the proper screening while also making the experience as comfortable as possible. We work with the latest techniques and technology to meet our goal of quality and compassionate care for every patient that walks through our door.
Mammograms are Essential for Breast Health
Our digital mammography systems provide our patients with the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. Digital mammography allows the radiologist to view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors to enhance visualization of the breast tissue.
An annual screening mammogram, beginning at age 40, is recommended for women who have not had any breast abnormalities. A diagnostic mammogram is given to a patient with breast changes such as lumps, pain, or nipple discharge. This type of appointment requires a referral from your primary care provider.
Preparing for a Mammogram
Be sure not to use any deodorants, crèmes, or powders under your arms or near your breast on the day of your mammogram. Consider wearing a two-piece outfit, since you will only need to remove your top. We have a couple tips that may also make the exam even easier: reduce caffeine consumption a week or two prior to your appointment if you have tender breasts. Also, if you are still menstruating, schedule your appointment about 10 days after the first day of your period.
Accessibility is important to us, which is why we offer mammography at all three of our hospitals. This makes it convenient for you to schedule and attend your annual screening! For more advanced diagnostics, the Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center at our hospital in Lewiston is ready to help. Within just a short drive, you have access to all the breast health care that you might need, from preventative screenings, to diagnostics, to treatment. We care and want to support you in your breast health journey.
CMH Imaging Locations
Shields Health Care Group offers state-of-the-art imaging, including: MRI, PET/CT, Mammography, CT, Echocardiography and Ultrasound