Mammography in Denver
The Rose Breast Center offers the latest technology, highly experienced, compassionate staff and a smooth, soothing experience for breast cancer screening mammograms. Our breast radiologists have been leaders in the mammography field for more than 50 years combined. Radiologists personally review and analyze your images within 24 hours of your exam and are on site daily, available to talk through any questions you may have.
If you are concerned about your hereditary cancer risk, visit the Rose Hereditary Cancer Clinic.
Mammograms at the Rose Breast Center
We welcome walk-ins for routine mammograms at the Rose Breast Center in Denver Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every other Saturday from 7:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. To make an appointment for a state-of-the-art mammogram or to schedule an appointment outside of our walk-in hours please call (303) 320-2568.
If you have been given a breast cancer diagnosis at another facility, but are feeling unsure of it, our radiologists at Rose Total Breast Care are happy to offer a second opinion. Our radiologists review your previous results and order further testing to confirm your diagnosis.
Are you at risk for breast cancer?
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Rose Medical Center recommends that an annual mammogram screening for women ages 40-74 should be a routine care consideration. A woman’s decision to undergo screening should be made in consultation with her physician. Patients who are considered high risk should consult their physician on when to begin screening.
The following factors indicate if you are at a high-risk for developing breast cancer:
- First degree relative with breast cancer
- Start mammograms 10 years before that relative was diagnosed with breast cancer
- Having two first degree relatives with breast cancer increases risk three-fold
- Gene mutations, inlcuding ATM, BRCA1, BRCA2, CDH1, CHEK2, NBN, NF1, PALB2, PTEN, STK11, TP53
- Personal history of breast cancer
- Dense breasts
- Starting menstruation before 12 years old
- Previous diagnosis of atypical ductal hyperplasia, atypical lobular hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in breast tissue
- Menopause after 55 years old
- Radiation therapy to the chest at a young age
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose, digital X-ray of your breasts. Having clear and accurate images of the inside of the breast is important to help detect and diagnose breast disease in women. The Rose Breast Center offers several imaging services for mammography, including.
- Screening mammograms
- Diagnostic mammograms
- 3D mammography
During a screening mammogram, your technician will take two X-rays of each breast. This is used to find any changes in the breast for women who have no signs of breast cancer. This technology makes it possible to see changes that are not yet felt. Women are advised to begin annual screening mammograms at 40 years old. Often, screening mammograms may detect changes in the breast that are too subtle to find during a physical examination.
A diagnostic mammogram is ordered when you or your doctor discovers a change in one or both breasts. A change may include pain, nipple thickening, nipple discharge or a change in breast shape or size. This test may also be implemented if an unusual spot was found on a screening mammogram.
Tomosynthesis, 3D mammography
As part of our ongoing commitment to the breast health of women in Denver and the surrounding Rocky Mountain Region, we offer digital three-dimensional (3D mammography or tomosynthesis), a revolutionary breast imaging tool.
Our advanced 3D mammography machine swings around the breast taking X-rays from multiple angles to allow fine details that could be hidden above or below tissue. These images are then computer generated into a 3D reconstruction of the breast.
This screening tool has been shown to give a clearer, more accurate look at the breast than traditional mammography. Rose is also one of the first breast centers in Colorado to offer 3D mammography.
This technology is particularly useful for women with dense breasts. Research has suggested that, with the clearer picture from a 3D mammogram, radiologists can better view subtle details. This leads to increased breast cancer detection rates as well as a decreased number of unnecessary call backs or false positives.
Women should prepare for a 3D mammogram just as they would for a traditional mammogram.
What to expect for your mammogram
Here are some things to think about when preparing for a mammogram at Rose Breast Center:
- Consider scheduling during a time when you expect your breast to be the least tender (perhaps avoiding the week before your menstrual cycle).
- 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.
- Although the actual exam takes 15 to 20 minutes, please be aware that your appointment could take up to 45 minutes.
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 where 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. Additionally, you will be asked to stand very still and hold your breath while images are taken.
After your screening, one of our radiologists personally reviews and analyzes your images within 24 hours of your exam. If your 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 your mammogram 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 for Rose Breast Center is evaluated and approved by the American College of Radiology and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’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.
Frequently asked questions
If I am pregnant or breastfeeding and due for a test should I wait?
If you are pregnant you should not undergo a mammogram because of possible danger to the fetus. If your gynecologist or obstetrician feels it is important to have a breast screening test during your pregnancy, a breast ultrasound will be ordered.
If you are breastfeeding, your tissues may appear more dense than usual, making it harder for the radiologist to interpret the results.
Can I still get a mammogram if I have a breast implant?
While it is safe to have a mammogram when you have a breast implant, be sure to tell the technologist before the procedure since the machine may require special adjustment for the best possible images.