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Breast Center of Excellence

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast.

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Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. This type of mammogram is called a screening mammogram. Screening mammograms usually involve two x-ray pictures, or images, of each breast. The x-ray images make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt. Screening mammograms can also find microcalcifications (tiny deposits of calcium) that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer.

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Why Do I Need a Mammogram?

Mammograms can often show a breast lump before it can be felt. They also can show tiny clusters of calcium called microcalcifications. Lumps or specks can be caused by cancer, fatty cells, or other conditions like cysts. Further tests are needed to find out if abnormal cells are present.

Learn more about why mammograms are needed.

When should I have a Mammogram?

Recommendations for all women:

  • Women 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 or 2 years.

  • Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should ask their healthcare professional whether mammograms are advisable and how often to have them.

  • Even women who have no symptoms and no known risks for breast cancer should have regularly scheduled mammograms to help detect potential breast cancer at the earliest possible time.

Learn more about mammogram recommendations and options.

How do I schedule a mammogram?

Just call 719.584.1300 and a One Call representative will get you scheduled for your mammogram at Parkview's Greenwood Imaging Suite, which is conveniently located across the street from the hospital in the Greenwood Office Building.

Breast Center of Excellence Breast Center of Excellence

Parkview Medical Center is designated by the American College of Radiology as Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

That means the services provided by our Imaging Suite at Greenwood and ParkWest Imaging have met stringent criteria set by the ACR and are fully accredited in mammography, sterotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

For each of these techniques, board-certified physicians and medical physicists conducted peer-reviewed studies of Parkview’s image quality, personnel, equipment, quality control and quality assurance programs and found that we achieved high standards in each.

To learn more about the accreditation, go to

Rick McManemon

Director of Radiology

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