remains the single most effective method of screening for breast cancer. It
can detect cancer several years before physical symptoms appear.
Capital Region Medical Center was the first facility to bring the latest in breast screening to Jefferson City with the addition of a GE Senographe DS digital mammography system.
Although, digital mammography is performed much like film mammography; digital offers better images. Calcifications (which can be an indicator of breast cancer) are better visualized with digital mammography. Digital also visualizes dense breast (fibrocystic breast) tissue better than traditional film. Digital mammography is also quicker than film mammography because there are not any films to develop. Images are collected electronically and viewed by the technologist a few seconds after the image is acquired. The technologist is able to view the images during the exam and evaluate if more images need to be taken in order to improve compression or if additional tissue is needed. After the exam, the images are stored electronically, making comparison easier on future visits.
GE Digital Mammography offers a flexible compression paddle that aides in comfort during a mammogram by conforming to a woman's breast. CRMC also uses Bella Blankets to aide in mammogram comfort. Bella Blankets are a thin piece of material that covers the mammography plate. The Bella Blankets help to warm the unit and alleviate "sticking" to the mammography unit. The flexible paddle along with the use of Bella Blankets help to improve the mammography experience.
Self-Referral Mammograms are available at CRMC for women age 40 yrs or older, without any breast problems/symptoms, and who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months. If your physician has agreed to participate in the self-referral program, you may request your mammogram report to be sent to your physician. If your physician is NOT a participant, you may get a written order from your doctor for a mammogram . If you do NOT have a physician or do NOT have a self-referral participating physician and still wish to have a yearly screening mammogram, your report will be sent to Dr. Light, CRMC General Surgery.
CRMC is accredited by the American College of Radiology and approved by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration). CRMC has 3 Full-time Mammographers and 2 part-time mammographers on staff.
Mammography Services Available
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For more information or to make an appointment for a mammogram, please call 573-632-5152, Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm.
American Cancer Society Recommendations
Age 40 (+): Mammogram Annually and Clinical Breast Exam by a health professional
Age 20-39: Clinical Breast Exam by a health professional at least every 3 years.
Age 20 (+): Self Breast Exams Monthly.
These ages are used as a guideline. Please notify your physician
of any concerns or questions you may have. If you have a history of breast cancer
in your family, discuss mammography screening guidelines and scheduling with
your health care provider.
You can get a breast care pamphlet and shower card from the
Mammography department at Capital Region Medical Center. These are educational
tools used to explain how to do a breast self-exam, explain risk factors, and
list warning signs.For more information about mammography services at CRMC,