Breast care services in Salt Lake City, Utah
At St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, breast care services are provided in a pleasant, private setting with a staff of doctors, nurses, technologists and counselors committed to thorough and compassionate care.
The Women’s Diagnostic Center within our Women’s Pavilion offers an American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited program with the following breast care services:
- State-of-the-art 3D mammogram services (tomography)
- Breast ultrasounds
- Breast ultrasound biopsies and stereotactic breast biopsies
- Information about risk factors, symptoms and early detection
- Genetic counseling for high-risk patients
- Bone density scans
- Breast cancer support groups
- Physician referrals
How does a mammogram work?
Mammography is an X-ray exam of your breast tissue that can help find problems with your breasts, such as cysts or cancer. One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. With early detection through mammography and self-examination, breast cancer and other breast diseases can be successfully treated.
If you’re preparing for your first mammogram, consider scheduling a breast risk assessment (BRA) appointment to create a personalized breast cancer screening plan.
During a mammogram, a female imaging technician will position your breasts on the imaging equipment. To get a high-quality picture, the breast must be somewhat compressed. The mammogram compresses the breast for a few seconds while an image is taken. You and the technician are the only ones in the room during the mammogram.
The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes, but the actual breast compression only lasts a few seconds. You may feel some discomfort when your breasts are compressed.
Mammogram preparation tips
- Wear a two-piece outfit.
- Do not apply deodorant, powder or lotion on or around the breast or underarm areas.
- Schedule the test for one week after your period. Your breasts are less sore then.
- If your last mammogram was performed at another clinic, ask the clinic to send the images to your St. Mark’s healthcare team. This lets the provider compare the two sets of images for any changes.
- If you have insurance, bring your card with you. You may also pay with cash, check or credit card.
- A physician order is required if you are receiving a diagnostic mammogram (this is usually ordered if you have lumps or are experiencing pain and/or discharge).
FAQs about mammograms
St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah offers 3D mammograms and digital mammograms. You will find more information below about the differences between these types of mammograms.
Digital mammograms provide a two-dimensional image of a three-dimensional breast. Overlapping layers of tissue can sometimes create unclear results, resulting in false positives or false negatives of breast cancer.
3D mammograms provide a series of detailed images of the breast, which allows the provider to better evaluate breast tissue layer by layer. This procedure makes fine details more visible and no longer hidden by overlapping tissue.
Yes. 3D mammograms detect 41 percent more invasive breast cancers and reduce false-positive recalls by up to 40 percent.
Yes. Research shows that 3D mammography can detect cancer up to 15 months earlier than conventional methods. This is extremely important as breast cancer detected early has a 5-year survival rate of almost 100 percent.
The exam is very similar to the conventional mammogram. Breast position and compression will be the same and scan time will be less than four seconds.
At St. Mark’s Hospital, we will do everything in our power to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your screening. Our friendly radiology technicians are happy to answer any questions you may have. It's a good idea to consult with your physician before scheduling a mammogram for the first time.
You will need to talk to your health insurance provider to confirm if the test is covered by insurance. However, any woman who is due to have a traditional mammogram should be eligible for a 3D screening as part of an annual exam.
Take the first step toward a life-long breast health program, and schedule your mammogram today at one of our locations.
Women’s Diagnostic Center
1140 East 1200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Two Saturdays per month: 8:00 a.m. to noon
The Women’s Diagnostic Center is located on the first floor of the Women’s Pavilion. You can enter through the Pavilion’s main entrance doors, or take the elevators from the parking garage to the first floor.
3738 South 900 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Tuesday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.