Early Detection Can Save Lives | Rose Mammograms
The Rose Breast Center offers the latest technology, highly experienced physicians and staff and a compassionate, soothing experience for breast cancer screening mammograms.
“When I come here it is like I have a new family. I never feel like I am a number, everybody is amazing. They saved my life and I will love them forever.”
What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose, digital X-ray of your breasts. Doctors use it to help detect and diagnose breast disease in women. Women are advised to get annual screening mammograms starting at age 40 as these screenings often may detect changes in the breast that are too subtle to find during a physical examination. If detected early, nearly all breast cancers can be successfully treated!
Leading-Edge Technology: 3-D Mammography
Rose Breast Center only uses digital mammography technology – in fact, Rose was the first breast center in Denver to offer all-digital mammography. Rose is also one of the first breast centers in Colorado to offer 3D Mammography, called tomosynthesis—the latest in detection technology. By taking multiple images from a variety of angles, tomosynthesis generates a 3-D reconstruction of the breast. Unlike a traditional mammogram, which generates a 2-D image, the 3-D mammogram provides a higher quality image to better analyze potential abnormalities. This technology is particularly useful for women with dense breasts. Rose also provides other screening services for dense breasts, including ultrasound and MRI, which your primary care physician may choose for your care.
Dense breast tissue is comprised of more connective tissue, which may mask abnormalities in a routine 2-D mammogram.
Preparing for Your Mammogram
- Consider scheduling during a time when you expect your breasts to be the least tender (perhaps avoiding the week before your menstrual cycle).
- Wear a top that is easy to remove and wear a two piece outfit so you only have to remove the top.
- Please do not wear any deodorant, powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts.
- Fill out registration forms in advance! Click here to download our form to your computer. You can either type your information into the form and print it or print and fill it in by hand. Please bring the completed form to your appointment and provide it to the registration staff. This may save some time before your exam.
- Although the actual exam takes 15-20 minutes, please be aware that your appointment could take up to 45 minutes.
What to Expect During Your Mammography Appointment
Each patient is shown to a private changing room, asked to undress from the waist up and given a heated gown as a cover. You will then be escorted to the exam room and the technologist will position each breast, one at a time, on the mammography machine. Breast tissue is compressed to prevent motion, allowing for the best image. In addition, you will be asked to stand very still and hold your breath while images are taken. The technologist will immediately review the images to ensure they are clear. Learn more in the below video.
The following video will walk you through the mammogram procedure at the Rose Breast Health Center.
Reviewing Your ResultsReview by Experienced Radiologists
The team of radiologists at Rose have been leaders in the field of mammography for more than 50 years combined. After your screening, one of our radiologists will review and analyze your images within 24 hours of your exam. If the results are normal, you will receive a phone call from our team along with a letter in the mail regarding your results within 10 days.What if Something Concerning is Found?
If our radiologist finds something abnormal in your images, our team will contact you within two business days of your appointment to schedule a follow-up visit. This visit may involve taking additional images and/or performing a biopsy, both of which are done in the Rose Breast Center. If further care is needed, you will be connected with Rose’s dedicated Nurse Navigator who will help guide you through the next steps.
For patients with non-cancerous (benign) tumors, the Novilase ILT provides a minimally invasive option to surgery. Rose Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the country to offer Novilase ILT, an image-guided laser ablation device used to treat fibroadenomas (non-malignant tumors).
If your screening mammogram and/or breast ultrasound results in a cancer diagnosis, rest assured that we are here for you. As an American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accredited cancer program, we take pride in providing multidisciplinary care that helps save lives.
Quality and Accreditation
Our equipment, every procedure and every technologist who works at the Rose Breast Center is evaluated and approved by the American College of Radiology and the FDA's Mammography Program (Mammography Quality Standards Act – MQSA).
All Rose Breast Center technologists are registered and specially trained in mammography imaging. Our radiologists are board-certified and significantly exceed the requirements for mammography interpretation, plus they have trained with world-renowned experts.
Each year, Rose Breast Center performs more than 18,000 mammograms, and we are a certified Softer Mammogram Provider that uses ImageChecker technology to ensure that each exam is of the absolute highest quality for the best interpretation.
Concerned About Your Hereditary Cancer Risk?
Many women wonder about their cancer risk based on family cancer history or ancestry. That’s why the team at Sarah Cannon at Rose Medical Center created the Rose Hereditary Cancer Clinic. Our mission is to help educate patients and families about familial cancer and cancer risk and provide an easy resource for cancer screening, risk reduction and genetic counseling. Learn more >>