Mammography is a fast, simple procedure that utilizes extremely low dosages of radiation to screen for breast cancer. Through the use of screening, breast cancer can be found years before it is detected by a self-breast exam or by a physician’s exam. Eighty percent of all breast lumps are noncancerous. Mammography helps distinguish between cancerous and noncancerous lumps.

There are two types of mammograms: screening and diagnostic:

Screening mammograms are for women who have no signs of breast problems. These can be arranged by a physician’s office or by the women calling directly to the hospital. Women appropriate for screening mammograms are those with no breast complaints, who are at least 35 years of age, who are not pregnant, and who have not had a mammogram during the past year.

Diagnostic mammograms are for women who have suspicion regarding a breast problem, such as lump or nipple discharge. Women with such concerns should see their physician who will order a diagnostic mammogram. Diagnostic mammograms must have a physician’s order.

What to Expect

Upon arriving at the Women's Diagnostic Center, each woman is given a brief history form to complete. Next, a video describing breast care and mammography is viewed. This video describes the mammography screening and the steps of breast self-examination (BSE). Since BSE combined with mammography screening enhances early detection of breast lumps, it is important that monthly self-examinations be performed.

During the actual mammogram, the patient will be asked to sit or stand, whichever position provides the best picture of your breasts. Breasts are positioned and compressed to expose as much tissue as possible. The only discomfort that may be felt will be the gentle pressure to the breast during positioning.

Two radiologists review each film and the results are sent to the patient and her physician within ten working days. If an abnormality is detected, further diagnostic testing may be recommended. This may include diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound or biopsy.

  • Routine screening
  • Diagnostic mammography
  • Mass needle location
  • Stereotactic needle core biopsy capabilities
  • Staff:
  • Radiologists
  • Certified Mammographers
  • Department Accreditations:
  • ACR
  • IDNS
  • FDA
  • Medical Director:
    Narsingam Gatla, MD
    Credentials of Medical Director:
  • Board Certified, ABR

  • Physicians providing services at our hospitals are independent contractors with privileges to admit and care for patients at our hospitals.

    Herrin Hospital

    201 South 14th St.
    Herrin, IL 62948

    618-942-2171 ext. 35398