Mammography is an x-ray image taken of a patient’s breast tissue to screen for breast cancer. Routine screening mammograms play a large role in early detection of breast cancer and reduction of breast cancer related deaths. Mammograms can also be used as a diagnostic tool. How often a patient undergoes screening mammography should be a discussion between the patient and her provider and should be made based on age and risk factors.
Why it’s done
Screening Mammography is done for patients who are not showing any new signs or symptoms of breast abnormalities, such as lumps, skin changes, breast pain, etc. and is usually done on an annual basis. The goal of screening mammography is to detect changes in the breast before clinical signs are present.
Diagnostic Mammography is performed for patients experiencing a new breast problem/change or those who have had an abnormality detected during screening mammography. Diagnostic mammography includes additional images taken of the area of concern and may be followed with a dedicated breast ultrasound, MRI, or a biopsy.
We are proud to be American College of Radiology and US Food and Drug Administration Mammography Quality Standards Act and Program certified at each of our locations, offering low-dose digital 3D breast imaging. All of our facilities use Hologic Selenia Dimensions DBT mammography equipment. The Betty Puskar Breast Care Center also has GE LOGIQ E9 ultrasound machines for diagnostic breast sonography and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies, as well as the Hologic Dimensions Affirm upright stereotactic (mammography-guided) breast biopsy system. Cheat Lake Physicians and the University Town Centre offer bone densitometry screenings (DEXA scans) along with screening mammography.
Our radiologists, nurses, and technologists are dedicated to improving the health of West Virginians and are committed to providing high quality imaging and procedures. Technologists are required to be certified in mammography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
We offer several locations for the convenience of our patients.
- Cheat Lake Physicians: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm
- University Town Centre: Monday – Thursday 6:50 am – 4:30 pm, Fridays 8 am – 4:30 pm, Saturdays 8 am – Noon
- Fairmont Gateway Clinic: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm
- Exams performed at these locations will be read by the radiologists at the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center.
- Diagnostic Facility (Limited screening availability)
- Betty Puskar Breast Care Center: Monday –Thursday 6:45 am-5 pm, Fridays 6:45 am-4:30 pm
To schedule an appointment at any of our facilities, please call 304-293-8012 .