Regular mammograms are key in maintaining breast health and diagnosing breast cancer early.
Our Mammography Services
Mammograms are specialized X-rays of the breast used to identify changes in the breast tissue. It is used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women who either have breast problems such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge, as well as for regular recommended breast cancer screenings. Mammography cannot prove that an abnormal area is cancer, but if it raises a significant suspicion of cancer, your doctor may order additional testing or a biopsy.
Mammogram Screening Recommendations
Women at Average Risk
Per the American Cancer Society, these guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer. For screening purposes, a woman is considered to be at average risk if she doesn’t have a personal history of breast cancer, a strong family history of breast cancer, or a genetic mutation known to increase risk of breast cancer (such as in a BRCA gene), and has not had chest radiation therapy before the age of 30.
- Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year.
- Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
- Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
Women at High Risk
Women who are at high risk for breast cancer based on certain factors should get an MRI and a mammogram every year, typically starting at age 30. This includes women who:
- Have a lifetime risk of breast cancer of about 20% to 25% or greater, according to risk assessment tools that are based mainly on family history
- Have a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation (based on having had genetic testing)
- Have a first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister, or child) with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, and have not had genetic testing themselves
- Had radiation therapy to the chest when they were between the ages of 10 and 30 years
- Have Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome, or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, or have first-degree relatives with one of these syndromes
The American Cancer Society recommends against MRI screening for women whose lifetime risk of breast cancer is less than 15%.
3D mammography (also called breast tomosynthesis) is available at the Women’s Imaging Suite in the Olathe Health Pavilion and at Miami County Medical Center. 3D mammograms help doctors to look at breast tissue in dozens of tiny layers, which means more precise imaging to reduce unnecessary, and sometimes worrisome callbacks. 3D mammography is especially effective for invasive and hard-to-find cancers, and for women who are high risk or who have dense breast tissue.
A $60 out-of-pocket charge may apply for a 3D mammogram, depending on your insurance coverage. It’s best to speak to your insurer before scheduling to verify benefits.
Accredited Breast Care Program
The Breast Care Center at Olathe Medical Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This means our patients get comprehensive care with state-of-the-art services and a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options.
Women’s Imaging Suite
We took the dedicated brand of attention that women have repeatedly told us they appreciate about Olathe Medical Center’s signature caregiving and reinforced it with a tranquil, spa-like setting in the Olathe Health Pavilion. Addressing women’s special health concerns, the Women’s Imaging Suite offers mammography and other diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and bone density/osteoporosis testing, in a private environment. Soft, disposable breast pads add cushioning to increase your comfort. Our understanding and mature staff and radiologists are exclusively dedicated to mammography.
Schedule Your Mammogram
Depending on your risk factors, mammograms are recommended for women 40 and older every one to two years. Call to schedule your appointment in Olathe or Paola.
The Women's Imaging Suite at the Olathe Health Pavilion: 913-791-4395
Early morning and evening hours are available.
Miami County Medical Center: 913-294-6611