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Mammography
at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital
Diagnostic Imaging Department
418 North Main St.
Penn Yan, NY 14527
(315)531-2544

 
 
  • Mammography is a safe and reliable x-ray technique used to examine breast tissue for lumps and other abnormalities. Although no method is 100 percent effective, mammography often can detect those changes in the breast that may be cancerous in their earliest stages of development.
  • Women between ages 35 and 40 should have a baseline mammogram to which future mammograms will be compared.
  • Women over 40 should have an annual mammogram.
  • BSE-Breast Self-Examination: Doing BSE monthly, you be come familiar with what your breasts feel like. This makes it easier for you to detect changes that should be checked by your doctor. BSE pamphlets and/or teaching are available for you when you come for your mammogram.
  • Regular Physical Examination: Be a partner with your doctor, have an annual physical breast examination.
  • Regular Mammogram: Researchers say that women who practice breast self-examination, get annual breast exams by their physicians and who have annual mammograms, come close to a 99 percent detection rate.
  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital is a provider for the Ontario-Yates Breast Health Partnership, which offers no-cost mammograms. To see if you are eligible for program participation, for more information and to make an appointment, call 1-800-299-2995.
  • S&S performs mammograms on a state-of-the-art Mammostat 3000 made by Siemens. The unit features optimum dosage, to insure the patient minimum radiation exposure, and optimum compression, to offer maximum patient comfort.
  • The S&S Mammography Unit meets all standards set forth by the State Department of Health, the American College of Radiologists, and the Federal Mammography Quality Standards Act.
  • The mammographers at S&S are radiologic technologists with special mammography training. Most of the mammographers have voluntarily completed advanced testing to achieve certification.
  • Our radiologists, who interpret your mammogram, also have special training in mammography; they undergo continuing education studies in mammography; they interpret many mammograms annually.


     Mammograms are done in the S&S Diagnostic Imaging Department, located on the ground floor of the Hospital. Park in the lot outside the Main/Emergency Entrance to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. Enter through the Main/Emergency Entrance and check in at the Registration/Information Desk. You will be instructed to proceed to the Diagnostic Imaging Department on the Ground Floor


 



Before, During and After
Your Examination:

  • To have a better understanding of you and your medical history, our technologist must ask you several questions before your examination to ensure the best results.
  • To obtain a mammogram with the best detail, your breast will be compressed with a smooth plastic shield. Some women experience a small amount of discomfort with the compression. The compression does not last long and it should not be painful.
  • Two x-rays will be taken of each breast. The technologist will review the x-rays for image quality before you leave. Occasionally, more images may be needed.



Diagnostic Imaging
used to be called, simply, X-Ray. As more radiologic imaging capabilities developed, the Department services expanded, creating a diverse offering of diagnostic imaging services including:
  • CT Scanning
  • Echo-cardiography
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Mammography Ultrasound
  • X-Ray

 


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